Five of London’s most spice-obsessed chefs bring five unique dishes together for the hottest night of the year in celebration of Cinnamon Kitchen City’s 15-year anniversary. Executive Chef of The Cinnamon Collection, Vivek Singh and Cinnamon Kitchen City Head Chef, Raju Ramachandran, is joining forces with cheffing friends Will Bowlby of Kricket, Adriana Cavita of Cavita and Gavin Malleappah of Rambutan for an exclusive four-course dinner on 6th October at Cinnamon Kitchen City in Devonshire Square.
The menu brings a unique combination of distinctively different cuisines together to celebrate London’s love for spice. Each chef will showcase what spice means to them by creating their favourite dish, one course at a time, for one night only.
The evening will begin with signature flavours and delicious canapés from Vivek Singh followed by former Cinnamon Kitchen City chef, Will Bowlby, bringing his Indian-inspired small plates to the table with ghee roast crab with burnt cinnamon. Next up, Mexican-born Adriana Cavita’s favourite native dish, chutoro tostadas with salsa macha, ginger soy vinaigrette and avocado purée.
Gavin Malleappah, formerly part of Vivek’s kitchen brigade at The Cinnamon Club, will delight guests with a modern twist on a traditional Sri-Lankan dish, serving black pork belly curry with string hoppers, whilst Cinnamon Kitchen’s Raju Ramachandran is cooking up his signature dish of Chettinad spiced lamb chops.
Once guests have indulged in the vibrant flavours of the evening, Vivek and friends will come out of the kitchen for a lively Q&A session where guests can learn more about cooking with spice.
Bringing theatre, magic (and spice!) to the City, there’s no better way to celebrate Cinnamon Kitchen’s milestone 15th anniversary than with an exclusive evening with London’s spiciest chefs. Tickets are priced at £95pp for canapés, a welcome glass of wine and four courses; wine pairings can be added for an additional £48pp. Don’t miss out on the hottest evening of the year!
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Spice in The City Dinner – 6th October 2023
Canapés – Vivek Singh
Tandoori partridge breast tikka with yoghurt kadhi
Crisp aubergine steak with pumpkin chutney and peanut (v)(n)
Cornmeal bread and lamb keema mustard greens (g)
NV Rosé, Glera Extra Dry Spumante, Villa Doral, Veneto, Italy
Will Bowlby’s ghee roast crab with burnt cinnamon & curry leaf
Adriana Cavita’s chutoro tostada, salsa macha, ginger soy vinaigrette, avocado puree (g)
2021 Riesling Kabinett Trocken Weingut Familie Rauen, Mosel, Germany
Gavin Malleappah’s black pork belly curry with string hoppers
2021 Gruner Veltliner Waldscuhtz, Kamptal, Austria
Raju Ramachandran’s Chettinad spiced lamb chops, Nilgiri korma keema, gongura pickle (n)
2021 Malbec Reservado, Fabre Montmayou, Mendoza, Argentina
Cinnamon Kitchen’s Rasmalai tres leches cake, pistachio nougat (n)(g)
Dows Tawny, Douro, Portugal, NV
Coffee & petits fours
With a global reputation as one of the masters of Indian fine dining, Vivek Singh’s signature culinary style marries modern Indian flavours with Western techniques. Executive Chef & CEO of four restaurants (The Cinnamon Club, Cinnamon Kitchen City, Cinnamon Kitchen Battersea and Cinnamon Bazaar), author of five cookbooks and a regular face on both television and live cookery events across the country, Vivek Singh is one of the most inspiring Indian chefs of his generation.
Born and raised in Trichy, Tamil Nadu, India, Raju’s passion for cooking came from observing and learning traditional Indian cooking techniques from his mother. Turning his passion into a profession, Raju moved to London and has worked alongside Vivek Singh at The Cinnamon Collection since 2004, sharing his love for authentic Indian flavours and seasonal British produce. Since Cinnamon Kitchen City opened its doors 15 years ago, Raju has continued to challenge the boundaries of traditional Indian cooking to bring modern, innovative dishes to the capital.
Will Bowlby and university friend Rik Campbell opened Kricket in 2015 serving modern Indian sharing plates in a shipping container in Brixton. Only a year in, Will was nominated for Chef of the Year at the YBF’s for two years in a row and labelled as a ‘chef to watch’. In 2017 Will and the team opened Kricket Soho, followed by Kricket Brixton and Kricket at the Television Centre in White City in 2018. 2021 saw Will and Rik open their debut bar, SOMA in Soho which won ‘Best Bar’ at the following year’s GQ Food and Drink Awards.
Hailing from a small town near Mexico City, Adriana grew up making food alongside her Grandma who owned a street food business. Her love of food turned professional and her commitment and skill pushed her to apply for roles in the best restaurants. Adriana moved to the UK to work as Head Chef at Peyotito in London and Ibiza but has long dreamt of opening her own restaurant. Adriana’s debut restaurant Cavita opened in May 2022 serving Mexican food cooked in the traditional way, with the best ingredients.
Leaving the corporate world behind, Gavin began to learn his trade at Vivek Singh’s The Cinnamon Club where he worked his way up the ranks to junior sous chef. Now, Gavin is Head Chef at Cynthia Shanmugalingam’s Rambutan in Borough Market – bringing native Sri Lankan flavours to the heart of London. With a passion for marrying authentic Sri Lankan spices with British produce, Gavin Malleappah offers a unique and modern approach to traditional Sri Lankan cooking techniques.