Get closer to some of the world’s best chefs with LAB

Square Meal is giving away a pair of tickets worth £150 for LAB – an interactive gourmet experience led by some of the world’s best chefs, in partnership with AEG appliances.

Running for three consecutive nights at the end of this month, LAB offers food lovers the chance to get up close to some of the world’s greatest living chefs, including Brazilian star Alex Atala (pictured), from Sao Paulo restaurant D.O.M. (currently listed number four on the World’s 50 Best list), Massimo Bottura from Italian restaurant Osteria Francescana (named fifth best in the world last year), and Lars Williams, head of research and development at world number one, Noma.

British culinary talent will be represented by chefs including Heston’s right-hand man Ashley Palmer-Watts, Bubbledogs’ James Knappett and John Salt’s BBQ king Neil Rankin (formerly head chef at Pitt Cue Co in Soho), plus London-based chefs such as Bo London’s Alvin Leung.

These chefs and more will host a variety of masterclasses and collaborate with each other during live shows, with no two nights offering the same line-up. Guests will be able to attend tutorials, gain access to intimate ‘audience with’ sessions, and watch live demonstrations, in order to learn how to cook like the professionals.

Highlights of the three-night festival include the Noma Flavour Test (a collaboration between Williams and producers of lesser-known ingredients, resulting in new ways to cook with forgotten ingredients); Q&A sessions where guests can pose questions to top chefs; and a presentation on the AEG live stage by Palmer-Watts, who will talk about the inspiration behind dishes at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and how they were developed from scratch.

The first batch of tickets for LAB sold out in a matter of days; a second release is expected soon. Square Meal has two tickets to the event to give away to one lucky winner – to be in with a chance of winning them, simply ‘Like’ Square Meal on Facebook. The winner will be announced on Monday 22 April.

LAB will take place at Tobacco Dock in Wapping from Thursday 25 to Saturday 27 April, 6-11pm. Standard tickets cost £75, including entry to the event plus four dishes and two drinks; extra dishes and drinks can be bought using poker chips, which are available on site.

LAB will be hosted by Gizzi Erskine and is sponsored by AEG. Book your tickets now. For more information, visit or call 0871 230 7132.