Alex grew up around South Australia in a small coastal town called Port Lincoln on the tip of the Eyre Peninsula renowned for tuna, great whites and surfing! His first kitchen job was at an Italian restaurant over looking Boston Bay, in the town centre where he ran the wood fired pizza section for a year, from there he moved to Fleurieu Peninsula south of Adelaide. During this time Alex completed his studies at the Regency College (voted one of the top colleges in Australia for Commercial Cookery) He completed his apprenticeship at a food and wine orientated gastro pub in McLaren Vale http://victoryhotel.com.au/ surrounded by vineyards boasting one of the best cellar doors and Chefs Tables in Australia.
Now a fully qualified professional chef, Alex set his sights to the UK where he found himself working at a Fine Dining seafood restaurant in Salcombe, Devon. After a year of hard work there he decided on a different challenge... so off he went to the French Alps, working as a private chef in a chalet cooking and snowboarding his way through the winter. In between his second season in the Alps Alex found a Chef position in a 5 star hotel in Watergate Bay, Cornwall cooking and surfing, his two greatest passions!
After all the fun in the snow and sun Alex decided to hit the big smoke of London where he found himself working for a private catering company cooking for the likes of the Royal family, celebrities such as Gweneth Paltrow, Ricky Gervais, Chris Martin and Barack Obama to name a few. Having gained 10 years experience across multiple continents, gathering culinary knowledge and developing his unique style, Alex decided he wants to share and make the most of his creative cooking style with the London foodies, meeting and greeting as many like minded people as humanly possible!!
Minimum fuss, maximum flavour, fine dining without the price tag... clashing food thoughts and styles to create a unique dining experience. Keeping creativity alive through plate design and flavour combinations using local ingredients in the best possible way. Look out for #Pickledpopup events
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Lovely flavours, excellent value, unique and pleasant venue
Luxury B&B London attended
#Pickledpopup @ Barmouth Kitchen
in November 2014,
reviewed on 29 November 2014
We like entrepreneurs who find new ways to share their talent; add excellent, fresh food along with a bring-your-own-wine opportunity and you have a London Friday night winner. High praise for Alex and his one-man band. He cooks, he serves, he cleans up, he chats. This is a man with passion for his careful selection and preparation of everything you devour. The setting: Lovely little old corner shop turned into new, old-fashioned corner shop that oozes goodness and warm comfort, even on a cold wet London evening. Excellent use of an unused evening space. Very good value. We'll be back soon!
Amazing creative dinner from the most humble & talented chef I know.
in May 2014,
reviewed on 22 May 2014
Visiting in London I chose this event to take my friends to Grimedining experience as I am fan of The Pickled Fork project. Have to say, from 1st moment I was blownaway, the food is so much creative, funny and delicious. We came really hungry so dill infused vodka & canape w/ smoked mackarel over tea leaves was just rocket start and the food kept coming. The best thing is that chef (Alex) is so humble and nice and the way he introduces the dishes is just great and friendly. I would love to come back!
GO GO GO
The Brixton Diner
in April 2014,
reviewed on 4 April 2014
The Brixton Diner
in March 2014,
reviewed on 31 March 2014
What a brilliant evening. Lovely people (chefs, customers and peeps serving the food and drink), insanely tasty and brilliantly creative food and good, cheap booze. Such great value too. Hope it continues cos I'll be back with a gang of mates...
Original and tasty!
This was a smaller supperclub event and we all had a very lovely time. The dishes were nicely presented and well executed, ingredients and flavours matched really well. My favourites were probably the cockle pop-corn and the yummy home-made bun filled with a veg option. A trio of desserts was also quite indulgent. The hosts were friendly and took time to introduce the courses and chat to us - will definitely check out more events by Pickled Fork in the future!
Unusual and very secret Venue
in February 2014,
reviewed on 2 February 2014
On a foul wet windy night in January we set out Grime dining. Took a taxi even though the venue was close enough to walk and only managed to find the venue when we saw in the dim light someone walk through a gate. On arrival we were greeted very warmly by Alex of Basement Galley Dining, walking round old Route master buses and steam engines our venue for the night a Victoria line carriage was all lit up, on entering it was a little chilly but a heater and blankets for everyone had thoughtfully been provided. Wine was served by glass and bottle. Chris and Alex our chefs from pickled fork introduced themselves and their menu, as we settled cosily into our specially adapted tables with new friends.
Each course was a feast of flavours served in dainty not too filling portions.
As the weather got worse outside our carriage got warmer, the Pickled Fork chefs battled harder to deliver each course ending in a rain spattered plate of pudding.
This was the most unusual and amazing night out we have had in a while. Thank you
Think you've had waffles.... think again. These were the best waffles I have ever had! The butternut squash waffle for pudding was my high light. All the food was sensational and we met some lovely people. An excellent super club produced by a great chef. I will be supporting The Pickled Fork in the future for sure!
It ticks all the boxes
the BackDoor Kitchen attended
Potato Waffle Night! Alpine Stylee
in January 2014,
reviewed on 28 January 2014
The food is tasty, balanced and beautifully presented. There are the skills of professionals and the flavoursof rustic cuisine. The pulled pork waffle was alone enough reason to come back again. Combination of flavours in the dessert was like biting clouds and childish happiness on a waffle!
The ambient is warm, cosy and just off Bermondsey Street. What can you ask more?
Chris, the chef, talks you through each and every choice with joy, knowledge and modesty. That makes him a great chef and I really appreciate his concept.
If you are looking for the next pop up or supperclub to try meet the guys behind the Pickled Fork.
They'll make you happy or at least they'll make your tastebuds so.
Delicious and Inventive
The 1st Pickled Forks Journey
in December 2013,
reviewed on 30 December 2013
Really creative food with unusual ingredients and presentation which was great fun to taste and guess the mystery menu. Chris and Alex were super hosts and we'll be back again for the next one!
Chris was fantastic
The 1st Pickled Forks Journey
in December 2013,
reviewed on 11 December 2013
Really enjoyed our evening, the food Chris prepared was as beautifully flavoured as it was presented.
My wife and I are both used to fine dining but what really made it an 'experience' rather than a fine meal was Chris. When we quizzed him about how he had created such curious dishes he was happy to share his knowledge. We're not experienced chefs ourselves but Chris was able to really talk us through the intricate methods involved in creating such marvels.
A really down to earth guy,
Thank you Chris - look forward to another evening with you in the new year,
The Pickled Fork responded on
24 December 2013:
cheers buddy! was a pleasure!