UK MasterChef winner to hold residence at Dubai restaurant

Simon Wood is coming to MasterChef, the TV Experience for five days

Simon Wood
Simon Wood

Simon Wood, who won the UK version of MasterChef back in 2011, is coming to Dubai to host a residency at the TV show’s first restaurant.

Wood will take over the kitchen at MasterChef, the TV Experience from September 30 to October 4 inclusive, and he’ll even be conducting an exclusive masterclass on September 30.

The masterclass is open to a maximum of 10 guests and will see the UK champ conduct a Q&A with diners and oversee a cooking tutorial featuring two main course dishes available throughout his Dubai residency.

For Wood’s residency menu, diners can look forward to a five-course menu starting with asparagus panna cotta amuse bouche (wild asparagus, shelled peas, parmesan foam, panko parmesan crumb, micro thyme) followed by a wagyu tartare starter (wagyu tartare, oyster emulsion salty fingers, sea purslane, onion embers, coal coil).

Two main choices include roasted monkfish with oxtail ragu (roasted monkfish, beaujolais oxtail ragu, oyster mushroom cream, pickled shimeji, trompette de la mort, white chanterelle), or an artichoke and celeriac risotto (sunchokes, granny smith apples, celeriac risotto, white stilton gnocchi, linseed, chervil).
The desserts will be a strawberry shortcake amouse-gueule (strawberry sorbet, dehydrated meringue, shortbread), followed by his citrus tutti-frutti (lemon posset, ruby grapefruit gel, burnt grapefruit, tuile, verbena) – the dessert saw him crowned MasterChef UK champion in 2015.

“After flying to Dubai in April for the opening of the first-ever MasterChef, the TV Experience restaurant, I’ve spent the last couple of months trialing different dishes that I believe will appeal to the city’s cosmopolitan population of discerning diners,” said Wood.

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