FROM BABKA WITH THE GBBO QUEEN TO RESTAURANT DREAM – TV CHEF DAMIAN WAWRZYNIAK ANNOUNCES FIRST RESTAURANT OPENING
TV chef and Polish food pioneer, Damian Wawrzyniak has announced plans for his first eponymous restaurant celebrating ‘the last undiscovered frontier’ on the British food scene. The news follows a whirlwind 12 months for Chef Wawrzyniak which saw him wowing the queen of Bake Off, Mary Berry at her own Easter Feast, cooking up a storm in the pop-up kitchen at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen earlier this summer and appearing on BBC Breakfast. He will next be seen in a BBC documentary series filmed in the wake of Brexit ahead of his first book release in summer 2017 and a food tour of Britain next spring.
Amid all this, plans for Chef Wawrzyniak’s own kitchen have been running full steam ahead with three sites under consideration in Hertfordshire. The restaurant will fuse traditional Polish flavours, with a modern twist, all set to a warm, family-style backdrop – no gimmicks, no hustle, just delicious food and drink from local farmers, suppliers and brewers.
The artisanal, rustic-inspired menu will feature classics re-imagined, from Chef Wawrzyniak’s signature Babka, to nourishing Zurek (soup served in a bread bowl), flavourful Pierogies, slow cooked pork, sumptuous pate with crispy Sourdough bread, home pickled vegetables and preserved meats.
Chef Wawrzyniak said, “I want to create a place where people can come, sit down at my table and discover the flavours of Poland – it’s a modern take on Polish cuisine because Polish food really is the last undiscovered frontier. Dishes are packed with hidden gems that are all about the flavour and not about the fuss. I grew up on a farm and have been around the kitchen, restaurants, food and ingredients my whole life. I will use a number of different techniques and serve food in a modern way but I will keep the traditional tastes which I still remember from cooking with my Grandma and my parents.
“Being pretty active in British Food industry for nearly 12 years now, I have made some really good contacts, met some lovely people and very experienced specialists. One of them recently asked me if I was ever going to build my own kitchen and, the answer was yes! I’ve been dreaming about opening my own restaurant for a long while and feel that now, finally is the time.
“There is an amazing location in Hertfordshire in a building with a rich history in a village that has become known as THE Destination for food lovers and wine connoisseurs which I am hopeful will be the site for my first restuarnt. It’s close to my home and I know most of the farmers, suppliers and brewers in the local area, meaning an abundance of fresh, seasonal produce to really showcase the flavours of Poland.”
The restaurant opening will be the final act in Chef Wawrzyniak’s Polish Food Tour of Britain – an epic eight-date gourmet whirlwind which will see the London-based chef travel around the country, taking over eight restaurants to serve up traditional Polish fare from the freshest British ingredients. The tour will take in Birmingham, Peterborough, Shrewsbury, Usk, Cambridge, London and Skegness before culminating in the new restaurant.
A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to raise investment to support the restaurant opening. For more information visit: https://www.gofundme.com/damiansrestaurant
Find out more about Damian Wawrzyniak: http://www.chefconsultant.co.uk
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