Guest Chefs At The House Party
Food is at the centre of Peligoni at the best of times, so we crank it up a notch for The House Party. Each of our Guest Chefs brings a one-off menu to our Greek paradise and ensure that you’re well-nourished, keeping you going throughout the festival. We’ve gone from lavish BBQs on the beach to intimate Persian feasts on the lawn, ensuring that no matter your palate, you’ll leave wanting more.
James grew up by the coast in Kent, where he absorbed the flavours and stylings of both his father’s traditional Scottish cooking and his mother’s West Indian creations, learned via her Caribbean heritage. James Cochran featured on BBC Two’s Great British Menu where he represented London & South East region before opening his own restaurant 12:51 in London’s Islington to critical acclaim in 2018.
Awarded ‘Chef of the Year’ by Eater London, James combines flavours from both his Scottish and Caribbean heritage and had the honour of honing his skills in Michelin-starred restaurants including The Ledbury and the Harwood Arms. Having collaborated at each others respective restaurants, this is a Guest Chef feast well worth a seat at the table.
Chef Lee Westcott was drawn to the kitchen at the age of 16 and shortly after learning the ropes as a young chef, began working for the Galvin brothers in London. Lee then quickly earned the trust of world-renowned chef Tom Aikens spending three of his four years working for Aikens as Head Chef at Restaurant Tom Aikens. Westcott has also staged at two of the world’s leading restaurants – Noma (Denmark) and Per Se (New York) and asked by Jason Atherton to oversee two of his restaurants in Hong Kong.
Upon returning, Lee established and directed the Typing Room Restaurant in London’s Town Hall Hotel in Bethnal Green. Lee and his team achieved 4 AA Rosettes, 6/10 in the Good Food Guide and 3/3 from Square Meal amongst other accolades and glowing reviews from such critics as The Times and The Telegraph. More recently, Westcott is back in London to focus on his next project.
Mitshel has a wealth of food knowledge at his disposal from his Italian upbringing in Milan and Egyptian heritage to working with some of the most renowned London chefs; The Ten Bells, for Isaac McHale’s project after The Young Turk’s residency, The Clove Club, and also with Junya Yamasaki at Koya. Now, Mitshel is Head Chef at Ombra.
Sitting canalside in Hackney, Ombra is an Italian restaurant where a glass of wine is enjoyed with a simple and delicious plate of food. The word ombra means a small glass of wine, or an aperitif, within the Venetian dialect, denoting the beginning of an evening. Under Mitshel’s guidance, Ombra has developed the essence of the word and infused it with the locale of East London – a space of diverse influences, access to exceptional British produce and a creative spirit. He has become known for his fresh pasta and cured meats.
Throughout the national lockdown, Mitshel guided Ombra on a journey through delivery, takeaway, groceries, or wholesale produce. Ombra, the restaurant, returned in 2021 and almost immediately reviewed by food critic, Jimi Famurewa in the Evening Standard who coined Mitshel a ‘genius’. He has also featured on Monocle Radio’s The Menu, listed as one of VOGUE’s ‘Best Italian restaurants in London’, amongst many other publications such as The Guardian, Forbes, Stylist, The Telegraph, and AnOther Magazine.
Originally from Cornwall, recently obtained Michelin Starred chef, Tom worked in restaurants around the south-west including Rick Stein’s before he met Nathan Outlaw. Tom started working for Outlaw at the St Enodoc Hotel in Rock where he quickly worked up the ranks to Head Chef. Following three years of hard work, Tom opened his debut restaurant, Cornerstone in Hackney Wick in April 2018 which showcases Tom’s own style of simple, seasonal and produce-driven cooking.
The daily-changing menu includes dishes such as; Pickled oysters, celery and horseradish; Potted shrimp crumpet with kohlrabi, gherkins and parsley; Smoked haddock tart with rarebit, leeks and pickled walnuts and Cider braised cuttlefish with lentils and apple dressing. February 2020 saw the launch of Sunday Sessions – a monthly session where Tom invites some of Britain’s best chefs into the kitchen to cook a dish they love but rarely serve to customers. Chefs who have taken part include Nathan Outlaw, Tom Kerridge and Nieves Barragan Mohacho.
Tom celebrated a double win at the National Restaurant Awards in 2018, being named ‘Chef to Watch’ and seeing Cornerstone named ‘One to Watch’. Cornerstone was awarded ‘Best New Entry’ in the 2019 Good Food Guide and ‘Breakthrough Chef of the Year’ at the Food & Travel Reader awards. Tom also appeared on Great British Menu representing the south-west, where his dish ‘Poor Man’s Goose’ was the coveted main course in the 2018 banquet celebrating 70 years of the NHS. On the 24th January 2021, after a hard year for the hospitality industry, Brown won his first ever Michelin Star for Cornerstone in Hackney.
COUNTRY FIRE KITCHEN
Country Fire Kitchen produces fire cooking equipment for restaurants, caterers and domestic BBQ-ers. Since 2015, they have been sending handmade grills and fire cooking tools all over the globe. They also deliver fire cooking experiences, catering and training. Bringing a bit of the wilderness to our beach club, we’re looking forward to stripping it back and tasting some incredible BBQ’d food.
Peli Pop Ups
Our very own chefs will host pop up eats and drinks throughout The House Party. Whether it’s a Mexican breakfast, Bloody Marys or sushi stand, our Peli Pop Ups are always plentiful and delicious. You won’t want to miss out.
Previous Guest Chefs
Many a talented chef have cooked at The House Party. Read on to find out a bit more about our previous feasts!
Gill Meller and Jackson Boxer each cooked for over 200 guests, The Hampstead Kitchen served amazing Persian style spreads and Alexandra Dudley put on a hearty brunch and a sell-out deli banquet. Neil Rankin showcased his BBQ skills and whipped up delectable tacos. Hunter Gather Cook showed us how to concoct wild cocktails before wowing the crowd with a mighty Greek spread. Finally, Homeslice nursed our hangovers with their glorious pizza and put on their largest ever “Slice & Spritz” night.
Tickets to The House Party are a fraction of what a regular destination festival costs and we think it’s a pretty fantastic environment to be in. 300 people rather than 30,000 certainly helps. For just £315, your House Party ticket includes a week’s membership to the club, a full watersports upgrade and access to all workshops, wellness sessions and enough live music to keep you on your feet all day long.
Tickets to The House Party are a fraction of what a normal festival costs and we think it’s a pretty fantastic environment to be in. 300 people rather than 30,000 certainly helps.
For just £315, your House Party ticket includes a week’s membership to the club, a full watersports upgrade and access to all workshops, wellness sessions and enough live music to keep you on your feet all day long. Glad rags aplenty, more chilled rosé than we dare to imagine, The House Party is the only way to sign off your summer.
It’s also important to note that accommodation for The House Party must be booked through Peligoni. We have a range of beautiful villas and cottages, just fill in the form below and our team will send you some options to suit your party size and budget.