To celebrate the launch of Bollinger La Grand Année, the Champagne house is set to partner with several big-name chefs, who will each create their perfect pairing for the 2008 cuvee.
As part of Bollinger's 'Le Grand Tour', each month of 2019 will see a different chef from a renowned UK restaurant collaborate with Bollinger to create a dish they feel is perfectly matched to the vintage, and the line-up is looking stellar. Participating chefs include the likes of Ollie Dabbous (Hide), Atul Kochhar (Benares), Lisa Goodwin-Allen (Northcote) and Tom Kitchin (The Kitchin).
The Ledbury's head chef Brett Graham
The festivities commenced this month with Brett Graham, who is head chef at two Michelin-starred The Ledbury in Notting Hill. The chef’s accomplished pairings include the spectacular Duchy Estate Helford Oyster, organically grown for 14 years and reaching up to 10 inches in length, followed by the antioxidant packed and enigmatic Hen of The Wood mushroom.
A different pairing will be introduced by one of Britain’s finest chefs each month until December of 2019, with the dishes remaining on the menus of the chef’s respective restaurants for the rest of the year.
One of Brett Graham's tempting pairings
For the full line-up of participating chefs and the hero ingredient they have each chosen, see below:
April: Brett Graham – Helford Oyster (The Ledbury)
May: Gareth Ward – Cod (Ynyshir, Wales)
June: Atul Kochhar - Duck (Kanishka, London)
July: Stephane Delourme – Lobster (Seafood Restaurant, Cornwall)
August: Lisa Goodwin-Allen –Petrossian Caviar (Northcote, Lancashire)
September: Chris Denney – Celeriac (108 Garage, London)
October: Peter Joseph -Coconut Prawns (Kahani, London)
November: Ollie Dabbous – Crab (Hide, London)
December: Tom Kitchin – Langoustine (The Kitchin, Scotland)