Live Like a Local E14 menu at Canary Wharf Four Seasons
Canary Wharf's Four Seasons executive chef Moreno Casaccia has been foraging in the East End and looking for treats for the hotel's Live Like A Local E14 menu.
He said: "Using seasonal, local and traceable produce is the cornerstone of my cooking and putting together our new offering was the perfect opportunity to highlight some of the amazing food being grown and produced in and around London.
"This often takes place in urban areas where one wouldn't normally associate with fresh produce."
Four Seasons food and beverage director, Stephen Meehan, told us a little more about the menu which features dishes where the main ingredients are produced within 50 miles of E14.
■ Why is sourcing local produce important?
People wouldn't automatically associate east London with fresh produce grown or matured locally but we wanted to dispel that myth.
■ Does it affect the taste?
You can taste the quality of craft, and the local story makes these flavours more memorable.
We partner or work only with people who are the best in their field.
Take salmon curer H Forman And Son in Bow with whom we have a long-standing relationship. We were keen to highlight the firm's beautiful produce and the long tradition associated with its fish.
■ How has the urban foraging gone down? Any difficulties along the way?
A lovely example of our urban foraging was when chef Moreno discovered borage - a Mediterranean herb growing in fields at Shadwell.
He has been using the plant throughout his culinary career and was pleasantly surprised to find it in inner city London.
■ What do you hope people will get from this menu?
The emphasis here is on flavour, craftsmanship and provenance.
We want to shine a light on the very best of local products, highlighting what's there and our culinary talent. We hope people will walk away with a memory of these flavours and will understand the tale of our wonderful E14 menu. We plan to change it seasonally and are already working on autumn.
The Live Like A Local E14 menu costs £53pp for three courses and is available until August 31. The autumn menu will be unveiled in September.
Go to fourseasons.com.