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The Second show at 'The Centre Stage' in The Restaurant Show at Earlscourt on Monday 10th October was by Isaac McHale and James Lowe. Sadly I was not able to concentrate on the presentation as at the same time my stand at Eden Aromata which was immediately next to the centre stage and I was fairly busy with visitors asking for samples. However, I managed to catch Isaac and James at the end of their act and let them have each a sample of 'Saffron Olive Oil'.

Isaac McHale has already held positions at Tom Aikens and The Ledbury in London, Marque in Sydney, Momofuku Ssam Bar in New York and, most opportunely, Noma in Copenhagen, named World’s Best Restaurant in April. As well as Marque in Sydney, Momofuku Ssam Bar in New York. Elliot’s chef, Isaac McHale, is one of the new breed of chefs, Noma inspired with local sourcing and vegetables the stars of the show. Isaac specifically is all about edible flowers, with the food being so interesting and colourful. It’s a delight to eat with one's eyes, before one ever disassemble it with the fork.

This young Scottish chef who gives the mandate to highlight the vegetables left out, Game and British’s products from the Borough Market (local produces). Elliot's in the Park has gained its status with big help from Issac.

isaac McHale Restaurant

Chef Isaac McHale and Chef James Lowe are also known as young Turks, before founding their own cooking collective. Isaac McHale grew up in sunny Glasgow, and got into food when he wanted to learn how to make chicken pakora, Glasgow’s Indian takeaway classic. From there he has worked in Australia, New York, Belgium and Denmark, in some of the world's finest kitchens. He lives in Clapton, Hackney and likes heritage vegetables, mutant disco, Ariel Pink and Korean Gochuchang.

A little about the Young Turks where the two British chefs, James Lowe and Isaac McHale, have tried to solve the problem of not being able to own their own restaurant by opening a temporary restaurant. And so recently the loft project in Hackney, east London. The difficult to find restaurant has only one sign – a torn piece of cardboard resting on an iron column with the words “Y. Turks”.The Loft Project, is the brainchild of Viajante chef Nuno Mendes and his partner Clarise Faria. Many chefs have used it over the past two years to show off their skills. Read article "Catch them if you can" By Nicholas Lander

GQ magazine also has a great article on the Young Turks rooftop loft space in Dalston, Peckham or the disused office block in Canary Warf where they produce glowing reviews. Unsurprisingly, Isac and James have plans to open a restaurant. They're already talking about the various ways they'll mess with the format of a bricks and mortar restaurant. David Annand at GQ thinks that "one thing will be guaranteed: the quality of the food".

More artcles on Young Turks:
Metro: Too many cooks? not in this kitchen...
Young&Foodish: Is Isaac McHale the next big thing?
Interview: - Isaac McHale, chef
Young Turks:
Elliot's in the Park Reviews: Pop up restaurant

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