Opinionated About Dining is coming to the UK, with a week of pop-ups and collaborations, culminating in the Top 100+ European Restaurants Announcement Dinner on Monday 23rd.


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Opinionated About Dining is coming to the UK, with a week of pop-ups and collaborations, culminating in the Top 100+ European Restaurants Announcement Dinner on Monday 23rd.

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London, April 16th - April 23rd, 2018 - Opinionated About Dining is coming to the UK, with a week of pop-ups and collaborations, culminating in the Top 100+ European Restaurants Announcement Dinner on Monday 23rd.

On Monday 23rd April, the Top 100+ European Restaurants Announcement Dinner will take place in the Great Hall of Sir Christopher Wren’s iconic Royal Hospital Chelsea. The theme this year is “The Great Roast” and guests will get to experience an elaborate set menu which will include the highest quality produce that can be sourced in Britain such as eel, langoustines, lamb, spring chicken & duck, resulting in unique versions of classic dishes culminating in a trolley service of 30 day-aged prime beef from London’s finest butchers O’Shea’s, served with all the trimmings.

"Enjoying a British roast has always been one of my favourite ways to spend Sundays in London. I thought doing a gourmet version of one, where some of OAD’s highest ranking chefs in the UK are complemented by some of the top chefs in Europe, would result in a spectacular combination of fabulous food and great fun." Steve Plotnicki.

British chefs participating at the banquet include Isaac McHale (The Clove Club), James Knappett (Kitchen Table), Merlin Labron-Johnson (Clipstone and Portland), Simon Rogan (L’Enclume, Aulis and Roganic) and Stephen Harris (The Sportsman) whilst Alain Weissgerber (Taubenkobel), Angel Leon (Aponiente), Bjorn Frantzen (Restaurant Frantzen), Christian Bau (Victor’s Fine Dining by Christian Bau), Jonnie Boer (De Librije), Kobe Desramaults (Chambre Séparée) and Poul Andrias Ziska (Koks) will be representing the best of Europe’s fine-dining scene. Since 2013, Opinionated About Dining has celebrated the annual publication of its Top 100+ European Restaurants List by organising grand dinners. Previous years saw guests, reviewers and foodies travel the world to attend events in Brussels, Barcelona, Copenhagen and Paris. In the past, this has included some of Europe’s most respected names included Rene Redzepi, Elena Arzak, Albert Adria, Eneko Atxa, Daniel Berlin, Christian Pugliesi and Tim Raue. Last year’s Announcement Dinner saw Rasmus Kofoed, Quique Dacosta, Mauro Colagreco, Atsushi Tanaka, Shinichi Sato, Alexander Couillon, Andreas Caminada, David Toutain and Alain Passard collaborate on a dinner dedicated to ‘La Cuisine de Grand-Mère’. (link to video)

"As one of the finest gastronomic destinations of the world, and with so many new chefs and a multitude of cultures and cuisines represented, it feels absolutely right to announce the new winners in London this year. And what could be more appropriate than hosting the grandest of roasts in the grandest of British venues? The Grade 2 listed Royal Hospital Chelsea dates from 1609 and is steeped in history and tradition, much like Britain’s Sunday Roasts.” Steve Plotnicki.

To mark OAD coming to London, some of the world’s most celebrated chefs will be taking over a dedicated OAD Kitchen, located in the heart of the city, providing guests with a week of one-off pop-ups and collaborations.

All of the OAD London events can be found here - www.opinionatedaboutdining.com/events/london_2018.html

On Monday 16th April, two of Europe’s most creative Japanese chefs will cook with two of Iceland’s most exciting culinary minds for a one-off eight course dinner. Atsushi Tanaka from A.T in Paris and Yoji Tokuyshi from Tokuyoshi in Milan will join Icelandic chef Vilhjalmur Sigurdarson from Souvenir, Ghent in Belgium and Kári Þorsteinsson from Dill Reykjavik in Iceland. Together they will demonstrate the similarity between the way Japanese and Nordic chefs approach the dining experience. "The Noma popup in Japan was a perfect example of the type of synergy between Japanese & Nordic cuisine that chefs can create.” Steve Plotnicki

On Tuesday 17th April, diners will have the opportunity to taste the exceptional modern Italian cuisine of Riccardo Camanini. His restaurant Lido 84 will open for a special one day pop up at the OAD Kitchen bringing the terroir of Lake Garda to the capital for lunch and dinner. "Riccardo Camanini is one of my favorite chefs in the world, serving a cuisine that is as pure as a stream running down the side of a mountain along Lake Garda.” Steve Plotnicki

On Wednesday 18th, Hisato Hamada and Takefumi Horie’s from Tokyo’s Wagyu Mafia will be serving up a decadent and delightfully fun tasting menu of wagyu beef straight from Japan. Guests booked in for these extravagant meals can expect an over the top menu of intensely marbled cuts, paired with luxury ingredients ranging from truffles to uni and caviar.

On Friday 20th April, Dudi Califa a.k.a The Hungry Tourist will bring together his favourite chefs from Israel for an evening of Modern Israeli cuisine, giving Londoners a sneak peak into why Israel is developing into one of the top culinary destinations of the world. “There's such a huge interest in Israeli food and restaurants in London with Nopi, Palomar & Honey & Co., so it made sense to ask my friend Dudi Califa to put together a collaboration of his favorite Israeli chefs that we could present in London." Steve Plotnicki.

Nicolai Nørregaard from Kadeau Bornholm will be transporting his restaurant from the rocky coasts, dunes and beaches of the small holiday island of Bornholm in Denmark to the OAD Kitchen on Saturday 21st April, allowing guests to try one of Europe’s most interesting cuisines for one night only.

To round off the week of pop ups and collaborative dinners there will be a dinner to showcase the Best New Restaurants across Europe, both new openings and new to the list. Here diners will have the opportunity to taste dishes prepared by thirteen of Europe’s top up and coming and established chefs and will have a chance to experience the direction that European cuisine is currently flowing. Chefs cooking include Roger Asakil Joya (Sabi Omakase, Oslo), Vasco Coelho Santos (Euskalduna Studio, Porto), Felix Schneider (Sosein Heroldsberg, Germany),Lluís Fernández Punset (Els Pescadors, Spain), Dylan Watson (Ernst, Berlin), Benjamin Peifer (Intense, Germany) Giuseppe Iannotti (Kresios Telese, Italy),István Veres (Babel, Budapest), Willem Hiele (Willem Hiele Koksijde, Belgium), Thijs Meliefste (Meliefste, Netherlands), Peter Sanchez Iglesias (Casamia, Bristol), Restaurant Werneckhof by Geisel München, Munich) and Jan Sobecki (Tribeca, Amsterdam).

This year’s events will be open to OAD voters, chefs from the Top 100+ European list and members of the public. Tickets for all the events, including the Announcement Dinner on the 23rd, will be available to purchase from the OAD website and See tickets from mid March.

A portion of the Great Roast’s ticket sale proceeds will go towards funding the care of the Chelsea Pensioners, as well as the ongoing maintenance of the Grade I listed site.


Dinner, Monday April 16th - Japan meets Iceland
Atsushi Tanaka - A.T. Paris, France
Yoji Tokuyoshi - Tokuyoshi Milan, Italy
Vilhjalmur Sigurdarson - Souvenir, Ghent, Belgium
Kári Þorsteinsson - Dill Reykjavik, Iceland
Price - £200 including 8 course dinner, wine, coffee, tea, water, service and VAT

Dinner, Tuesday April 17th - Lido 84
Riccardo Camanini

Price - Dinner - £250 for an 8 course dinner including wine, coffee, tea, water, service and VAT (£400 for dinner with a premium wine selection by Noble Rot)

Dinner, Wednesday April 18th - Wagyu Mafia Tokyo, Japan
Hisato Hamada and Takefumi Horie
Price - £350 for an 8 course dinner including wine, coffee, tea, water, service and VAT (£500 for dinner with a premium wine selection by Noble Rot)

Dinner, Friday April 20th - The Hungry Tourist Presents an Evening of Modern Israel Cuisine
David Frenkel - Pronto
Michael Gertofski - Michael Local Bistro
Orel Kimchi - Popina
Yehi Zino - Pescado
Sunny Deri - Totto
Price - £300 for an 8 course dinner including wine, coffee, tea, water, service and VAT

Dinner, Saturday April 21st - Kadeau Bornholm, Bornholm Denmark
Nicolai Nørregaard
Price - £350 for an 8 course dinner including wine, coffee, tea, water, service and VAT (£500 with a premium wine selection by Noble Rot)

Dinner, Sunday April 22nd - New to the List - SOLD OUT
Roger Asakil Joya (Sabi Omakase, Oslo)
Vasco Coelho Santos (Euskalduna Studio, Porto)
Felix Schneider (Sosein Heroldsberg, Germany)
Lluís Fernández Punset (Els Pescadors, Spain)
Dylan Watson (Ernst, Berlin)
Benjamin Peifer (Intense, Germany)
Giuseppe Iannotti (Kresios Telese, Italy)
István Veres (Babel, Budapest)
Willem Hiele (Willem Hiele Koksijde, Belgium)
Thijs Meliefste (Meliefste, Netherlands)
Peter Sanchez Iglesias (Casamia, Bristol)
Restaurant Werneckhof by Geisel München, Munich)
Jan Sobecki (Tribeca, Amsterdam)
Price - £400 (£550 with a premium wine selection by Noble Rot)

Announcement dinner, Monday April 23rd Royal Hospital Chelsea "The Great Roast"
British Chefs:
Isaac McHale Clove Club, London
James Knappett - Kitchen Table at Bubbledogs, London
Merlin Labron-Johnson - Portland, London
Peter Sanchez-Iglesias - Casamia, Bristol
Simon Rogan - Roganic/L'Enclume, London/Cartmel
Stephen Harris - Sportsman, Kent
Guest Chefs:
Allan Weissgerber - Taubenkobel, Schützen am Gebirge, Austria
Angel Leon - Aponiente, Cadiz, Spain
Bjorn Frantzen - Restaurant Frantzen Stockholm, Sweden
Christian Bau - Victor's Fine Dining by Christian Bau, Perl-Nennig, Germany
Jonnie Boer - De Librije Zwolle, Netherlands
Kobe Desremaults - Chambre Seperee, Ghent, Belgium
Poul Andrias Ziska - Koks, Faroe Islands
Price - £400 (£550 with a premium wine selection by Noble Rot)

WEBSITE: http://www.opinionatedaboutdining.com/2017/2017_index.html
Social: https://www.instagram.com/oadtop100/ and https://www.instagram.com/steveplotnicki/

History and Overview

OAD (Opinionated About Dining) was created by Steve Plotnicki in 2004. Originally functioning as a blog to document Steve’s dining exploits, Steve quickly identified widespread frustration with the reliability of dining guides on the market and recognised the need for a way to more accurately capture the movement of global dining culture. So in 2007, Steve shifted the focus of OAD from his own opinions to the results of a survey guide that would be shaped by many. The initial OAD survey was sent to just a handful of Steve’s friends who shared his passion. Almost a decade later, OAD has evolved into an internationally respected dining guide brand that incorporates the opinions of nearly 5,000 of the world’s most passionate destination diners, regarding 16,000+ restaurants located throughout the world. Noticing a significant difference in the results of OAD’s survey and other guides on the market, Steve began producing unique collaborative dinners that featured chefs identified in the survey as either being up-and-coming or deserving of more attention from the dining community and press.

Everyone is entitled to a have an opinion. But OAD’s philosophy is that all opinions are not equal. Unlike other more egalitarian survey guides on the market, OAD believes that experienced opinions generate more accurate conclusions. So to intensify the accuracy of the results of its surveys, OAD emphasises the experience of the voting panel. First, the panel of voters that contributes to OAD surveys is lightly curated to ensure that it consists mainly of globetrotting, highly culinary-literate reviewers that can place their experience within the context of global trends.

OAD ensures that within the voting pool, the more experienced the diner, the more of an impact their opinion has on the results of the survey. Each voter’s results are run through a proprietary algorithm that takes into account the quantity and quality of the restaurants each has visited (in conjunction with a number of other factors), which results in them being given a score. That score determines how much weight each participants’ votes have on the results.

Jay Cheshes discusses OAD's ranking system in the Wall Street Journal here. https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-to-rank-the-restaurant-rankings-1464886410

About Steve Plotnicki

Steve Plotnicki’s passion for food has been an intrinsic part of his life. A native New Yorker and the son of a butcher, he was a successful guitarist and songwriter before co-founding Profile Records in 1981. In 1998, after success with groups such as Run-DMC and Rob Base, Steve sold his company, though still retains the music publishing catalogue and each year licenses a considerable amount of music for films, TV & commercials. He is also the owner of the television property, Robot Wars, which returned to the BBC2 in 2016

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