To Boisdale Belgravia for this year’s Balvenie Great British Game Restaurant Shooting Cup. The annual competition sees the city’s top chefs visit the West London Shooting School to shoot clays before being rewarded for their efforts with a game lunch.
Boosted by the post-Brexit summer boom which has seen tourists flock to the capital’s best restaurants, the chefs were in a cheerful mood for their day out. As they took to the course to shoot targets, the old establishment — with chefs from Wiltons and Coutts present — were pitted against the new kids on the block, including Dan Doherty of Duck and Waffle and Neil Rankin of Temper.
However, it was Mike Robinson — of London’s only Michelin-starred pub, the Harwood Arms — who was crowned champion in the competition. Runners-up included Tony Singh and Peter Fiori, who was gifted a pair of binoculars, ideal for deer stalking. Alas staff at Coutts ought not to get their hopes up for more venison or grouse on the menu anytime soon, Fiori — head chef at the bank — explained to Miss S that he was more likely to be used the binoculars to watch the football than game shooting.
Alas not everyone tasted victory with Andre Lima de Luca awarded the ‘Most Appalling Shot’ award. However, failure couldn’t have tasted too bad as the Brazilian chef was gifted a bottle of Balvenie 25 year old single barrel for his efforts.