MasterChef Finalist Pops Up At Staying Cool

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The Wilderness restaurant’s Louisa Ellis, recently seen on BBC2 in the final of MasterChef the Professionals, will cook three intimate suppers in one of our Birmingham penthouses this month. The sold out events will take place from 9th-11th January.

Louisa, a junior sous chef at The Wilderness, will use the Poggenpohl kitchen to create a six-course menu with matched beverage pairing plus snacks and sparkling wine on arrival. Guests will also enjoy panoramic views over Birmingham from the 20th floor serviced apartment.

The Wilderness has been Staying Cool’s dining partner since 2014 and Alex Claridge, founder and head chef, also creates the menus for our DIY dinner offering for guests, Cooking Cool. Alex said, “With wonderful views and interiors, we can’t think of a better place than Staying Cool for these unique events. We’re enormously proud of Louisa and we can’t wait to welcome our guests to this penthouse pop up.”

The Wilderness is moving venues this winter and the penthouse will become the restaurant’s test kitchen through various private dining events. The Wilderness will also soon be blending its own signature oils and vinegars from its new home on Birmingham’s Bennett’s Hill and our guests will be the first to try them out. This month also sees the launch of our new Cooking Cool menu with an accompanying how to video.

 “We knew Alex was a talent from the very first time we tasted his food and we love our partnership with The Wilderness. Most importantly our guests do too,” said Tracey Stephenson, our Managing Director. “We both share a similar sense of fun and a desire to be different.”