The great British menu chef outwits foodies with ‘fake’ gourmet dishes costing just £2.69

Great British menu chef James Cochran wowed diners by creating gourmet fake dishes from saved food waste for just £2.69 per person with Too Good To Go

James Cochran in front of his restaurant
James Cochran made the six courses for £2.69 per person

Going out to indulge in fine dining can cost hundreds of pounds, especially when it involves multiple courses.

However, the price can be pushed even higher when a famous chef prepares your meal in his highly acclaimed restaurant – something many can’t imagine having the money to do in the current cost of living crisis.

An award-winning chef previously featured on the Great British Menu is used to preparing this type of dish in his restaurant, 12:51.

James Cochran recently prepared a very special six-course meal at his restaurant and invited foodies, including a Great Taste jury and food bloggers, to try it as a taste of what he “plans to serve next month “.

Little did his lucky guests know that the food they ate had previously been piped straight to the bin – and was “fake” fine dining.

The food looked amazing


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With the help of the world’s largest surplus food app, Too Good To Go, which prevents food waste, the chef was able to prepare the meal for just £2.69 per person.

The stunt was performed to mark Stop Food Waste Day, which falls on Wednesday April 27 this year.

The dessert was valued at just 16p per person, with the recipe breakdown including apple jellies made with damaged apples from Morrisons and citrus mousse made with leftover lemons from Gopuff.

Also used were chocolate mousse with excess Montezuma’s Easter eggs and a white chocolate crumb with excess Millie’s cookies.

At the end of the guests’ meals, James revealed that the dishes were actually made from salvaged food waste, which was either surplus food or items that were edible but had passed their sell-by date.

The ingredients from the plates served to the lucky guests used food salvaged from some of Britain’s favorite brands.

Dishes included egg yolk confit, potato foam, curried potato matches, haddock rarities on toast and filo pastry tarts, raw tuna, citrus hollandaise mousse, pickled chili, apple jelly, crispy shallots.

So it’s no wonder guests were unaware until James’ big reveal.

About the project he says: “It was great to be part of this project with Too Good To Go. Nobody likes to throw away food, but unfortunately it happens every day.

“I hope this event will help inspire people at home to get creative in the kitchen and see how much fun tackling food waste can be!”

Too Good To Go co-founder Jamie Crummie adds: “In the UK, over 26,000 tonnes of food is wasted every day. Not only does that just make no sense at a time when we’re all trying to save money on our groceries, but it’s also damaging to our planet.

“Working with James on this project to show the true potential of food waste has been fantastic. We want to show the true potential of food waste and that it can actually be delicious, exciting food that is truly worth saving.”

“On this Stop Food Waste Day, I encourage you to take inspiration from our video and create your own food waste transformation.”

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