During the month of June, Natalia Ribbe-Szrok (Eighty Six List) will host four different chefs who have yet to open their own restaurants, at Borough Market’s event space in 1, Cathedral Street. Each chef will put together a pop-up showcasing what they would do if they had a permanent site.
The residency kicks off with Maxine Thompson (Polka Pants) a native Australian who turned her love of cooking and fashion into a career. After training at the French Culinary Institute in New York she worked at Blanca, the upscale tasting menu concept in Roberta’s in Brooklyn before moving to London three years ago and launching her tailored trousers for women who work specifically in the hospitality industry called Polka Pants. She is also the recipient of the Young British Foodie award for her contribution to the food and drink industry. Her menu will be inspired by her love of Italian and Japanese cuisine, and the beverage pairing will be curated by Natalia Ribbe-Szrok who also worked in New York before moving to London in 2012. Natalia’s passion for the industry and love of wine has encouraged her to work alongside Maxine to create a pairing using wines from Central and Eastern Europe where she spent her teenage years as an expat.