A ‘Portu-Greek’ Masterchef Feast at Jam Shed Supper Club

How often can you say you’ve had not one, but TWO Masterchef finalists cook your dinner? The Jam Shed Supper Club lets you do just that.

Jam Shed are running a series of fabulous Supper Clubs to showcase their Australian wine, and the menus include dishes and cocktails made using Jam Shed as an ingredient. The evenings are also supporting The Springboard Charity, who help those from underprivileged backgrounds get into the hospitality industry. Good food, good booze AND a good cause? I’m down. We went along to a night hosted by Alex Jorge and George Kallias, both competitors in the 2018 series, offering up a ‘Portu-Greek’ fusion feast that got me salivating at just the concept of it.

Hosted at the top of the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, the views over the Thames and city were a great backdrop to the night. We sat ourselves down at a table, and quickly got talking to our fellow tablemates about all things foodie!

Everything except dessert was served family style…hands in and trying it all is just how I like my dinners. Sipping on a pitcher of Jam Shed ‘Jamgria’, we tucked into fresh sourdough with specially created Jam Shed Butter – creamy and easily spreadable, with a taste that featured muted meaty undertones and a sweet kick.

 

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So this is how @alex_jorge_chef and I are kicking off our @jamshedsupper this summer in association with @thespringboardcharity ****************************************** Banging #Portugreek Sharing Starters ****************************************** ☝️ Artichoke•Curds•Dill• Hazelnut Dukkah 👉 Octopus•Parsley•Chorizo 👇 Mackerel•Red Pepper Ketchup•Salsa Verde ****************************************** 21st-25th August 4th-8th September Link for tickets in the bio Buzzing to see you there 💥 . . . #supperclub #londonsupperclub #jamshed #masterchefuk #portugreek #summerfeast #goodgawker #instagood #instafoodie #foodblogger #londonchef #eaaats #cookingwithfriends #foodgasm #healthyeats #londonfoodie #foodgram #foodporn #onmyplate #forkyeah #foodspiration #dowhatyoulove #springboardcharity #jamshedwine

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A creative selection of starters followed, including fresh halved artichokes in an aubergine puree – which I really enjoyed, despite not being a big aubergine fan. The Batatas A Murro were wonderfully crisp potatoes with a citrus, garlic and mint seasoning that was strong without being overpowering. The star dish though, was the Garlic, Lemon and Parsley cooked octopus – offering a gorgeous consistency and the perfect sauce in the form of a dab of parsley mayo.

The main course was all about lamb – offering up two different cuts of the meat, both exceedingly well cooked. I’ve only really ventured into the basic cuts of lamb, like shank and shoulder, and didn’t even really know lamb breast was a ‘thing’. But it is a thing, and I can inform you that it’s a bloody delicious one.

 

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Round 2 of the Portugreek summer feast @jamshedsupper These are the sharing plates for the main course of my collaboration with @alex_jorge_chef 💥 **************************** 👆Lamb Rump and Breast (with loads of Spices going on) + Cucumber Coriander yoghurt **************************** 👈Cherry Pourgouri **************************** 👉Heirloom Tomato Salad and Migas **************************** 👇Batatas a Murro **************************** 21st-25th August 4th-8th September Link for tickets in the bio… Get involved See you there 👊 . . . . #supperclub #londonsupperclub #jamshed #masterchefuk #portugreek #summerfeast #foodgawker #instagood #instafoodie #foodblogger #londonchef #eaaats #chefsofinstagram #cookingwithfriends #foodgasm #healthyeats #londonfoodie #foodgram #foodlover #foodpics #foodporn #feedfeed #igfood #onmyplate #forkyeah #foodspiration #dowhatyoulove #springboardcharity #jamshedwine

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The lamb breast had been pressed overnight, pushing the Mediterranean spice mix into the meat and creating one of the best-tasting seasonings I’ve experienced in a while. Really, really good. The lamb rump was also wonderfully satisfying – but in this instance, breast is definitely best.

On the side, a colourful tomato salad offered a sweet and juicy kick; and a light bulgur wheat pilaf complimented the full flavour of the lamb excellently.

After such an excellent meal, I was looking forward to dessert – and although it had some great ingredients, the heavy tartness of the Burnt Citrus Crème Brulee overpowered the subtlety of the bay leaf ice cream. Which was a shame, as everything else really had been fantastic.

 

 

Despite the dessert not living up to expectations, the whole Jam Shed Supper Club experience was a thoroughly enjoyable one, with some inventive and delicious courses. I loved the format of the evening, sharing the dining experience with friends and strangers alike.

Want to try it yourself? Alex and George’s Jam Shed Supper Club will be running again from Sept 4th-8th.

Tickets are available here, for £45 (+ £3 non-members booking fee). Drinks not included – but I definitely recommend the Jamgria!

*We were guests at the Supper Club through Love Popups London – opinions honest, as always!

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