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Good British food is back in business, specifically at Heathrow Terminal 2, where Claudia Schiffer’s ex-private chef, Sophie Michell, along with three of her friends, is opening The Gorgeous Kitchen today.
“It’s all about delivering honest flavours with quality produce and great British hospitality in a warm and approachable environment,” say the founding team.
Michell and her all-female line-up, Gee Charman, Jo Pratt and Caroline Mi Li Artiss also happen to be culinary TV stars. While Charman is former chef at Kensington Palace, Pratt is the best-selling author of ‘In The Kitchen’ and former food editor of Elle and Glamour, while Mi Li Artiss has become a YouTube celebrity thanks to her food prowess.
Gorgeous by name and by its ‘wholesome and seasonal’ nature, our regular pre-flight Pret A Manger pales into salty, mayo-laden comparison. On the a la carte menu you’ll find sweetcorn & coriander fritters served with sweet chilli cream cheese and king prawns; grilled aubergine served with mozzarella; chorizo toad-in-the-hole and quinoa porridge for early risers, all served up with British-grown produce and we hear, a super speedy ‘Express Service’ that promises to have you fed in 15 minutes flat if you’re in a rush.
The idea is that The Gorgeous Kitchen will kickstart your holiday before you board the flight – and continue those pre-beach better eating intentions with a menu that doesn’t leave you subjected to the foods you’ve been avoiding for weeks. “Essentially it’s a business lounge for non-business travellers, without the exclusivity and with real, feel-good food. We want Heathrow’s passengers to feel like their holiday has just begun,” says Gee.