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Mapperley MasterChef champion Laurence Henry launches ‘exciting’ new dining experience

“Our new elevated dining experience will take diners on the ultimate culinary journey and is sure to get people talking"

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Nottingham finer dining restaurant, Cleaver & Wake, has launched an exciting new dining experience set to take foodies on an experiential culinary journey from the second they set foot inside the popular canalside restaurant.

Gedling Borough’s Laurence Henry, chef patron at Cleaver & Wake, won MasterChef: The Professionals in 2018.

Laurence grew up and still lives in Mapperley and was the youngest ever finalist and one of the youngest ever MasterChef winners when he appeared on the TV show in 2018,

The new immersive gastronomic experience includes a range of special touches that call upon all five senses, and features a blend of culinary alchemy with bold and exciting pairings that champion the best seasonal produce from across the British Isles.

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Diners won’t find traditional restaurant dishes on the menu. Instead, several of the Cleaver & Wake dishes are shrouded in mystery, with all guests presented with an amuse bouche featuring secret ingredients upon entry, served from the stunning restaurant’s open pass.

Pictured: Amuse Bouche (PHOTO: Cartwright Communications)

Other menu items include heirloom tomato salad, burrata ice cream and wet almond served with olive and verjus; beef fillet served with summer cabbage, textures of onion and bordelaise sauce; and lamb gratin served with fermented white asparagus, black garlic, lovage and sauce vierge. 

Laurence said: “Cleaver & Wake has always been about providing diners with an exceptional dining experience that puts fantastic food and tantalising tastes centre stage, but we’ve decided to go one step further with our new offering.

Pictured: Heirloom Tomato Salad with Burrato Ice Cream (PHOTO: Cartwright Communications)

“Our new elevated dining experience will take diners on the ultimate culinary journey and is sure to get people talking, and for me, that’s what it’s all about. Food is so emotive and should be enjoyed and experienced, not just eaten, so we’ve worked hard to tap into that, and create a concept that features some really special surprises and an exciting treat for the senses.”

The new set menu will cost £75 or £85 with dessert. Sweet options include the white chocolate and strawberry parfait served with macerated strawberries, sable biscuit and strawberry meringue and the mango parfait served with fragrant rice, finger lime, coriander and Alphonso mango sorbet.

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Pictured: Lamb Canon (PHOTO: Cartwright Communications)

Launched last September, Cleaver & Wake has made a name for itself both in Nottingham and on the national stage, bringing diners in on the theatre of each dish being made, with guests able to see Laurence Henry and his team of chefs create magic in the open-pass kitchen.

The new dining experience will replace the venue’s previous à la carte menu, and is available now.

Laurence added: “This is dining done the Cleaver & Wake way, with creative pairings, captivating flavours and the best quality ingredients around. We can’t wait to share the new Cleaver & Wake experience with diners over the coming weeks.”

Pictured: Raspberry Souffle (PHOTO: Cartwright Communications)

Cleaver & Wake has also shown its support for the next generation of hospitality leading lights, with an interactive careers event hosted in partnership with the Springboard Charity. 

Laurence said at the time: “This event was a particularly special one for me as many of the students who attended reminded me of myself when I was just starting out. It was great to be able to share my story with them while highlighting the many benefits of a career in hospitality.”

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To find out more about Cleaver & Wake visit: https://www.cleaverandwake.com/

He has previously volunteered his time to give patients at a Mapperley hospice a fine dining experience.

Throughout the day, the students also participated in a variety of challenges, tours, and inspirational talks from experienced individuals in the industry.

Laurence Henry, chef patron at Cleaver & Wake, said: “This event was a particularly special one for me as many of the students who attended reminded me of myself when I was just starting out. It was great to be able to share my story with them while highlighting the many benefits of a career in hospitality.

“Getting young adults involved in hands-on workshops, from live cooking sessions to interactive service runs, really brings to life how vibrant and varied the hospitality sector is. It has so many opportunities that many pe

Pictured: Masterchef 2018 Masterchef winner, Laurence Henry (PHOTO: Cartwright Communications)

To find out more about Cleaver & Wake visit: https://www.cleaverandwake.com/#

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