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A banquet fit for a king

24 chefs and front of house team delivered the event - credit Julia Claxton

Food lovers took a step back in time on Saturday 30 September at a Regency themed banquet hosted by BITE Sussex at Brighton’s Royal Pavilion, writes Nick Mosley.

Diners in the spectacular Banqueting Room - credit Julia Claxton

Ten months in the planning, the five course fine dining dinner took place in the glorious gilded Banqueting Room which has played host to royalty, ambassadors and the great and good over its over 200 year history.

Julien Plumart and Nicholas Riblet - credit Julia Claxton

The meticulously researched menu was inspired by the cuisine of Antonin Carême who was chef to the Prince Regent and renowned across Europe as the ‘king of chefs and chef of kings’. Carême’s culinary style and recipes continue to influence modern cooking and remain the core of the French kitchen.

Chef Sabu Joseph of Easy Tiger - credit Julia Claxton

Rachel Blake of Brighton Gin and Helen Taggart of MDTEA - credit Julia Claxton

Diners enjoyed canapés from master pâtissier Julien Plumart, turbot and citrus salsa from Sabu Joseph of Easy Tiger, beef with heritage vegetables and truffle vol-au-vent from chef Simon Mckenzie and an architectural ice cream bombe glacé from gelato maestro Seb Cole before finishing with traditional English farmhouse cheeses.

Guests embraced the Regency theme - credit Julia Claxton

A welcome cocktail was presented by Rachel Blake from Brighton Gin, with a choice of Portuguese wines from Henry Butler of Butlers Wine Cellar or tea infusions from Helen Taggart of MDTEA.

Hosts Jan Etches and Henry Butler - credit Julia Claxton

Hosted by Jan Etches (Brighton Toy and Model Museum) and Henry Butler (Butlers Wine Cellar), the event raised £2,522 through a silent auction for the Royal Pavilion and Museums Trust.

Chef Simon Mckenzie - credit Julia Claxton

Upcoming BITE Sussex events this year include two Meanwhile Mondays pop-up suppers at My Brighton hotel with Nanima Asian Kitchen on 23 October and a US Thanksgiving Supper with Momma Cherri on Monday 27 November. For more information visit

Seb Cole of Boho Gelato - credit Julia Claxton


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