Tuesday 21 January 2020

Food news: Ox's starry 5th birthday

Katy McGuinness

Old friends: Alain Passard with Stephen Toman and Alain Kerloc'h
Old friends: Alain Passard with Stephen Toman and Alain Kerloc'h
Knights Bar
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Four years after a memorable night on which chef Alain Passard cooked at OX in Belfast alongside his old friends, Stephen Toman and Alain Kerloc'h, the French chef is returning to celebrate the restaurant's fifth birthday.

Passard will travel from his three-Michelin star Paris restaurant, L'Arpège, to cook in Belfast on Sunday and Monday, April 22 and 23. The evenings will raise funds for The Children's Heartbeat Trust, a cause close to chef Stephen Toman's own heart.

OX founders Stephen Toman and Alain Kerloc'h first met in Alain Passard's L'Arpège, became friends, and opened OX together in March 2013.

Passard has been both a mentor and inspiration to Alain and Stephen, and they were delighted to welcome him to Belfast to cook in OX the first time round.

They say that having him come back and cook in Belfast for a second time, now that their restaurant is firmly established, with one Michelin star already under its belt, is the best birthday present they could possibly receive.

OX has developed and matured over its first five years, with a constant focus on innovation and imagination.

Passard is famous for removing red meat from L'Arpège, and dedicating himself to cooking with his 'grand cru' vegetables, supplied exclusively from his own organic farm. The restaurant is currently Number 12 on the most recent World's 50 Best Restaurants list.

Alain Passard at OX runs for two nights, with each night featuring a six-course tasting menu with dishes created by both Alain Passard and Stephen Toman, and wines matched by Alain Kerloc'h.

A charity evening in aid of The Children's Heartbeat Trust, tickets will cost £220, to include a pre-dinner reception with champagne and canapés in OX Cave, next door to OX.

Front of house staff and chefs from OX travelled to Paris in advance of the birthday to spend some time in the kitchens and on the floor at L'Arpège, so that the entire team is familiar with the ethos and approach of this legendary Parisian restaurant, and so that the French team have already met their Belfast counterparts.

Bookings can only be made by email, on info@oxbelfast.com; oxbelfast.com



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