Earlier this year, Rémy Martin sent out a challenge to the UK’s top pastry chefs and sommeliers, asking them to team up and create the ultimate dessert to be paired with Rémy Martin XO.
The #RemySprint competition – standing for Rémy Sommelier Pâtissier Rooted In Talent – was a chance for sommeliers and chefs to team up and celebrate their creativity by creating a perfect partnership of food and drink excellence. Initial entries were whittled down to a shortlist over the summer, and finally Rémy Martin was ready to find its winners.
The judges were assembled and the battle commenced with 12 teams constructing their creations in the two Michelin-starred kitchen of Claude Bosi in Kensington. The teams had 15 minutes to present their creations to the panel, which was judging them on concept, storytelling, appearance, creativity, brand knowledge, taste and 'wow factor’. It was a tough job. Standards were exceptionally high, so unfortunately a lot of really strong entries had to go home disappointed. In the end, our judges had their five winners – the best of the best. Here they are in all their glory...
THE FIVE FIELDS
Loic Pellegry & Solene Bonhumeau
'We wanted to create an emotion – a link between the flavour and the experience,’ explained sommelier Solene Bonhumeau. Chef Loic Pellegry’s creation certainly managed that. Flavour-wise it was on safe territory for cognac matching, with hazelnut, chocolate, orange and coffee. But what made this entry stand out was the way these elements were put together, with different textures and temperatures all adding complexity and interest.
Bonhumeau’s enthusiasm for and knowledge of the cognac shone through. ‘We wanted it to be a part of the dessert, not apart from it,’ she explained, suggesting serving the drink with large ice cubes to take down the alcohol and open up the flavours. ‘You get more citrus and dried fruit flavours that way.’‘When [Bonhumeau] spoke, you just wanted to listen,’ purred judge and chef Claude Bosi.
- The Connaught
- The Dorchester
- Dukes London
- Elystan Street
- The Five Fields
- Le Gavroche
- M Victoria
- Wild Carrot
- Claude Bosi, chef, Claude Bosi at Bibendum
- Chris Losh, former editor, Imbibe
- Jack Charlton, brand ambassador, Rémy Martin
- Ana Almeida, marketing manager, Rémy Martin
- Yohann Pinol, ex-head sommelier, Wiltons