Maze Chef Jason Atherton Plans Pop-Up Restaurant for Charity

Jason Atherton
Chef Jason Atherton has won two awards in the 2012 Good Food Guide for Pollen Street Social: Best New Entry and the Highest New Entry. Photo: Richard Vines/Bloomberg

Jason Atherton, the British chef who created Maze restaurants for Gordon Ramsay, is to cook for two nights only at a pop-up eatery off London’s Oxford Street.

The venue, at a makeshift site on Binney Street, will accommodate 40 guests for dinner on Oct. 4 and 5. Tickets, costing 150 pounds ($235), include Champagne and other wines. Proceeds will go to the StreetSmart charity for the homeless.

“I came to London at the age of 16 and I’ve been lucky enough to work my way through some of the most famous kitchens,” Atherton, 38, said today in a telephone interview. “It’s great to be able to give something back through the joy of cooking. StreetSmart is a charity I support dearly.”

Atherton, who split from his mentor earlier this year, will serve dishes -- such as Orkney langoustine, lemon-peel puree, oyster leaf and brandy-head dressing -- that are likely to make it onto the menu of his establishment, Pollen Street Social, which is scheduled to open in late January. He will be backed by members of the team he built up at Maze.

The project is backed by the Grosvenor Estate, Restaurant Associates, Enotria wine and the London Restaurant Festival. Tickets may be purchased by calling +44-20-7280-0700.

StreetSmart is popular with chefs. Ramsay will be cooking on board the London Eye for the charity on Oct. 8.

(Richard Vines is the chief food critic for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. Opinions expressed are his own.)

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