Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Phil Howard - my mentor and my mate - comes to Melbourne

A few years ago I was lucky enough to work at The Square, a two star michelin restaurant in Mayfair, London, under Chef and co-owner Philip Howard.

Having worked shoulder to shoulder with Phil for over three years, I developed a strong friendship that's based on a mutual love of food and a similar approach to cooking. I have a deep respect for the man who taught me not just new techniques and flavour combinations, but a whole new food philosophy.

Last year, Phil agreed to visit us at The Point during Melbourne Food and Wine Festival in March. It's only a few weeks til he gets here - he arrives on the 17th March - so we're 'all systems go' at the moment, preparing for the arrival of my mentor and mate.

We'll be pretty flat out during his visit too - a fair few people are keen to meet the man, and have him cook for them!We have a couple of special dinners planned,and we'll also be running a Square inspired menu in the dining room that week, but i'll talk more about that closer to the date. I just hope he's not expecting a holiday...