This September, Kray Treadwell, finalist on this year’s Great British Menu will mark his return to his native Birmingham with a monthly restaurant take over at Craft Dining Rooms at The ICC. After wowing judges with his tongue-in-cheek take on fine dining, Kray will be joining the Craft team full time and once a month, from 12th September, will take over the kitchen for a twelve-course tasting menu supported by Craft Culinary Director Tom Wells.
Each month, Kray and the team will serve signature dishes featured on the show alongside a host of new creations using the very best in British and local ingredients from Craft’s British suppliers.
Diners will be welcomed with a cocktail and bite-sized snacks of pork scratchings with lemon and olive and baked beans and sausage croquettes served at the bar. The 12-course tasting menu will see Kray and the team dish up a rift on the infamous, Ozzy Osborne-inspired dish Shharonnn!; Charcoal beef with biscuits, gravy and blue cheese alongside Kray’s highly rated peach dessert, A New Romance, which gained him the highest grade on Great British Menu of 10/10.
In addition, diners can expect Pork Cheek with Miso Caramel and fermented gem lettuce, Salmon Tartare and a Toffee Apple and Beef Fat lollipop to finish. Guests can also opt in for the drinks pairing of English wines, speciality cocktails and brews from British brewers.
“I’m thrilled to be back in my hometown and even more excited to be back in the kitchen. With the menu, we want to take the stuffiness out of fine dining and show that first and foremost, cooking is about having fun and being creative. Tom and I, along with the Craft team, have been playing around with some fantastic local ingredients to create some great new dishes and I’m looking forward to diners trying a few dishes from the show too,” said Kray.
“I’m looking forward, as are the whole Craft brigade, to be working with Kray. He’s one of the most exciting young chefs in the country and it gives the team the chance to experiment and use the wealth of produce that the UK has to offer. It has been fantastic working alongside him and we can’t wait to show Birmingham what we’ve put together,” added Tom.
For each of the takeovers, Craft Dining Rooms will be partnering with The Prince’s Trust, the youth charity that helps young people to develop the confidence and skills they need to live, learn and earn. Over the coming months, Craft will be offering placements in the kitchen to young people currently working with the charity, giving them the chance to experience life in a professional, working kitchen with proceeds from the evening going to the charity.