When did you start hosting supperclubs?
I started hosting supperclubs about a year and a half ago. It all started with my Mad Hatters Brunch series, as I love collecting mismatched objects and experimenting with unusual flavours, plus of course my love for Alice.
What do you think are the ingredients for a great supperclub?
The venue has to ‘wow’, good company and delicious, unusual dishes. It has to be an experience that is completely unique and one that bears no comparison to eating in an ordinary restaurant.
Where did you learn to cook?
I learnt through my mum, as I was growing up. She has always really enjoyed being adventurous with her cooking.
Are there any particular chefs that inspire you?
Ruthie Rodgers, owner of the River Cafe, Ottolenghi and Jamie Oliver.
Where does the inspiration for your menus come from?
My travels and experimentation at home when I am feeling inspired!
Which countries most inspire your cooking and your menus?
England and Asia.
Where is your favourite place to eat in London?
The River Cafe.
How do you decide on the cocktail pairings?
With a lot of experimentation and tastings!
You have a fantastic apartment – how important do you think your setting and surroundings have to do with hosting a successful supperclub?
I think that the setting is integral. As mentioned, it has to be a setting that people would not ordinarily come by, one that shocks and impresses.
What do you think is unique about the supperclub scene in London?
It just opens up the dining experience.
What do you think is next for the supperclub movement?
Its hard to tell, but it will be interesting to see – a lot of supper clubs eventually turn into restaurants, so I wonder if this will continue, or whether that will become a saturated market, and supperclubs will stay supperclubs and evolve as they are.
What do you enjoy most about hosting supperclubs?
I love the production of it, coming up with enticing themes, and executing them – chatting to guests and hearing their thoughts.
What is next for Christabel’s supperclubs?
Who knows, ideas pop into my mind at the strangest moments, so you’ll have to stay tuned.