London / 29th November 2018
Rocket Food, the family run catering company specialising in luxury events and bespoke catering contracts, is delighted to be announced that it has retained its title of winner of Country Life Magazine’s Canapé of the Year Award for a second year.
Winner of the Country Life Magazine’s Canapé of the Year 2017 and 2018 competitions, Rocket Food’s standout entry, ‘The Tuna Sea Garden’ is made using Albacore tuna from seafood supplier and Royal warrant holder, James Knight of Mayfair. The creation was masterminded by Henrietta Russell, Head Chef and Alex Drayton, Head of Canapes, and includes ingredients such as fermented pickled ginger, sea purslane, kombu seaweed and tobiko roe.
The competition, sponsored by kitchen specialist Plain English Design and Champagne Gosset, was judged by Country Life’s Editor-in-Chief, Mark Hedges; Plain English Design founder, Tony Niblock, Annie Limm, brand ambassador for Champagne Gosset, Chef Director at Harry’s Bar and Harry’s Dolce Vita Diego Cardoso, and writer, editor, TV presenter and food critic, William Sitwell.
Country Life Magazine’s Canapé of the Year judge and food critic, William Sitwell described the canapé as “a majestic invention, the skill and ingredients of which do not labour the guest. Rocket’s Tuna Sea Garden was as pretty and inventive as it was tasty. Light, exotically seasoned, and mesmerisingly tasty, it’s not for the home cook.”
Rocket Food co-founder Caroline Hall commented: “to be awarded the ‘canapé of the year’ for the second year in a row is an exceptional accolade! The process began when we wanted to emulate our incredible starter dish: ‘The Albacore Tuna Tartare’, which is served with guacamole gazpacho, coriander, sesame and sea herbs. We wanted to recreate the same experience in a single mouthful. People, processes, provenance of ingredients and a tough inhouse judging panel all contributed to the success of this award!”
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ABOUT ROCKET FOOD
Rocket Food is London’s leading family-run, luxury catering company. Specialising in creatively interpreting bespoke and often niche food and drink experience briefs for clients, Rocket Foods boasts accreditation at 46 of London’s most exciting venues, including; the British Museum, the Design Museum, the V&A and Kensington Palace and the Natural History Museum, who this autumn, renewed their accreditation with Rocket Food.
Founded in 2000 by brother and sister duo, Caroline Hall (née Symonds), a former private chef for Formula 1 and Michael Symonds, a highly experienced events manager for Searcys, Rocket Food was born from the desire to be more creative, innovative and inspirational when catering for corporate and private clients. Setting Rocket apart from its competitors is its heritage, its drive to deliver creativity without compromising quality and strong family values.
The Rocket Food team now stands strong at 35. Each employee is skilled at creatively developing extraordinary ideas to deliver exciting events in any location, however extreme. In 2016 Rocket Food executed 420 events, turning over £6.5m across a varied portfolio of clients and venues, including a top-secret VIP wedding in Ireland.
Rocket Food has a clear ambition: to bring a restaurant feel to all events by developing seasonally led menus. Each menu is inspired by the ingredients available from artisan suppliers, Rocket Food’s food philosophy, culinary heritage and tradition, whilst remaining on the cutting edge of food trends.
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