Celebrating a special occasion? Joel Robuchon is what you want

  • By The Alchemist About Town
  • 20 Jun, 2017

My Best Meal London - Covent Garden

The Alchemist About Town is a lifestyle blog for entrepreneurs, business owners and their employees wanting to experience the best of food, culture, travel and lifestyle; after all, business life is a part of a business owner’s life.

My love for all things food has brought me to write My Best Meal Islington Feature blog which covers the best places to eat in my beloved Islington ; the Alchemist though (moi) gets out and about and doesn't eat only in Islington ;-) so I thought I would share my experiences around London and beyond.

 I have a reverence for the artists beyond wonderful food creations ( some people get all gooey over pop singers, I do over chefs..) and Joël Robuchon is a definitely one of my Rockstars -  a chef with more Michelin stars than any other and a temper that terrifies even Gordon Ramsay ( there is a passage in his biography where he writes about the time he spent working for Robuchon in Paris. - he compared the experience to working for the SAS - and THAT 's coming from Gordon Ramsey who is not exactly known for being a pussycat).


Robuchon legendary attention to detail and combinations of flavours has kept him at the top for over  40 years . He entered his first national cooking competition at the age of 16 and won first prize , he was awarded his first Michelin star age 29.  The next year he got another, and the year after a third — something that had never been done before.
In 1989, Robuchon was named chef of the century and 1994 his Joël Robuchon restaurant in Paris was named best restaurant in the world by the International Herald Tribune.

His signature dish is mashed potato with just four ingredients: potatoes, butter, salt and milk – everyone who has ever eaten it agrees is the best mashed potato they’d ever had in their lives ( I'm not a potato person but this one is to die for, couldn't lick the plate unfortunately, apparently it looks bad...)

In 1996, he surprised everybody and left it all .
Fortunately for us after a few years Robuchon returned and opened the first L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon in Paris in 2007, a complete departure from traditional fine dining - no reservations, no dress code. Now there are L’Ateliers de Joël Robuchon all over the world, from Singapore to Las Vegas and , of course, London.


I have been to L' Atelier in Covent Garden  a few times, last one for my birthday in May and sat at the bar overlooking the kitchen, which I must say I prefer to the formal seating area downstairs. I love looking at the action: how each dish is prepared with the kitchen a theatre-like experience in itself .
We had the amazing tasting menu ( Menu Decouverte - 8 courses £ 149) with matching wines : I know it sounds like a lot of food but the portions are just enough to tastes the flavours but not so much that you can't proceed to the next dish.
The mix of taste and presentation was just superb and the staff extremely competent and friendly ( PS: they sang for me a fab rendition of Bon Anniversaire   and Tell Laura I love her - priceless!).

I know that looks expensive and it might not be a daily experience ( for a celebration is perfect!) ; no need to worry though as they also offer L'UNCH , a Three Michelin-starred courses for just £ 29 Monday to Friday ( the menu is french traditional with a twist - a 3 in 1 plate) or Lunch and Pre-Theatre for £ 45 - which is affordable and no difference  with some wanting-to-be-posh gastro-pubs ( and this is delicious Michelin starred quality).

Try it out and let me know what you think; moi, Je l'adore.
Bon appétit, bisous xxx





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By The Alchemist About Town 22 Sep, 2017
I am so utterly delighted that my book is now out, available to order both on paperback and on Kindle edition just in time for Business Women's Day - YES!!!!!! :-) 

STOP IT! It's all in your head   is my labour of love and my way to encourage, inspire and empower women to achieve what they want professionally and not be confined by societal, religious, family paradigms of what " women should do/are like" and, most importantly, the restrictions in their head.
If that is being CEO of a Global Company or a stay-at-mum or Director of Paperclip ( whatever grabs your fancy) so be it.

Writing this book was also a personal challenge ( the 30 days thingy) which confirmed to me once and for all that you can really do whatever you set your mind to, if you really want to that is.

Couple of tips for writing a book from me:
  • write about what you are passionate about, you know more than you think.
  • free-write about the parts/chapters in the book you like the most and you are most interested in first - that will give you a great boost at the beginning - you can edit and add the boring bits later - by then most of the book will be almost there
  • keep your own voice - write as you speak so to speak ( people do need to understand you though..)
  • keep an open mind, ideas will flow into you mid-way through the project
  • a deadline and going public is good to beat procrastination ( but if that stresses you out too much don't do it) - the deadline certainly helped me.
You can do it too!!!

If anyone would like to be part of the book launch, the event is live on Eventbrite and you can buy an Early Bird ticket now:
SMASH YOUR CEILING - #STOPITBookLaunch 
Thursday 12 October at 18.30
Business Design Centre
Islington
London

To pre- e-meet other super fab women in business attending the event, please use the following hashtags:
#SMASHYOURCEILING
#STOPITBookLaunch
#BDCWorks

I'm so excited about this book and I genuinely hope you will like it- I hope to meet you soon, in person or through the pages of my book.

Laura x


#Hustle #GirlBoss #SmashThatCeiling
  #SmashYourCeiling
STOP IT! It's all in your head 
#dreambig #believe #youcan



By The Alchemist About Town 19 Sep, 2017
The time is getting closer and closer to the release of   STOP IT, It's all in your head   my new book ( 22 September for Business Women's Day - US) .

I have now  received the proof copy of the paperback which looks absolutely fabulous: a couple of things to correct but overall I am super happy with the result.
A lot of marketing to do now between Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+ ( which is PS: looking like more work than the actual writing of the book).

The book event/launch/talk is live on Eventbrite and you can buy an Early Bird ticket now:
SMASH YOUR CEILING - #STOPITBookLaunch 
Thursday 12 October at 18.30
Business Design Centre
Islington
London

To pre- e-meet other super fab women in business attending the event, please use the following hashtags:
#SMASHYOURCEILING
#STOPITBookLaunch
#BDCWorks

I'm so excited about this book and I genuinely hope you will like it.

Laura x


#Hustle #GirlBoss #SmashThatCeiling
  #SmashYourCeiling
STOP IT! It's all in your head 
#dreambig #believe #youcan



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