MasterChef Finalist Pop Up launches exciting year for Staying Cool and The Wilderness

11 January 2018// The Wilderness restaurant’s Louisa Ellis, recently seen on BBC2 in the final of MasterChef the Professionals, will cook three intimate suppers in Staying Cool’s 5* Birmingham penthouse this month. The sold out events will take place at Staying Cool at the Rotunda serviced apartments from 9th-11th January, 2018.
 
Louisa, a junior sous chef at The Wilderness, will use the penthouse’s 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 Staying Cool’s 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 Staying Cool’s 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 Staying Cool guests will be the first to try them out. This month also sees the launch of Staying Cool’s 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, Managing Director, Staying Cool. “We both share a similar sense of fun and a desire to be different”.
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