March and April 2013. James Judges the Current Quarter Finalists in Series 9 of BBC One’s MasterChef.
If you missed James’ episodes, catch them on BBC iplayer.
March 2013. James Opens his First Restaurant The Green Room at Retallack Resort and Spa.
According to ‘surf dictionary’ definition, The Green Room, referring to inside the barrel of a wave, is a great place to be – and this place certainly qualifies. MasterChef winner and keen surfer, Chef James Nathan has opened his first restaurant, The Green Room, near the surf hot spots of North Cornwall at 5 star Retallack Resort & Spa.
Housed in a light, airy room overlooking the resort’s in-house FlowRider – Cornwall’s only artificial wave – The Green Room offers a blend of the traditional and contemporary both in menu and style. The restaurant serves lunch, dinner and everything in-between. James draws on his love for Cornwall and his passion for surfing to inspire his crisp, invigorating dishes making the menu exciting and innovative.
With an impressive CV behind him, James Nathan won the BBC’s Amateur MasterChef competition in 2008, after throwing in his job as a barrister to pursue his dream profession. Since then he has worked in some of the most famous kitchens in Europe, including Michel Roux Jr’s, Michael Caines’, Michel and Sebastian Bras’ and Rick Stein’s. James enjoys simple flavour combinations and has a minimalistic style which is why he is attracted to the rugged simplicity of rural Cornwall:‘I’ll be drawing on my experience of working with some of the top chefs in the world, but also taking inspiration from the fantastic local produce on our doorstep here on the north Cornwall coast.’
Cornish produce is incredibly varied and James describes the county as a ‘massive natural larder’ from which he can source meat, shellfish, fish and vegetables all freshly and organically cultivated nearby to create a delicious and impressive array of dishes. Favourites include his speciality crab linguini with chilli, lemon grass, sea lettuce and coconut, Porthilly mussels with Camel Valley wine and oyster sauce the popular scallops, mango salsa, lime, coriander, black sesame and coconut, not to mention his MasterChef winning dish: chicken ballotine, porcini mushrooms, mash potatoes, spinach and carrots in a Madeira sauce. An avid supporter of local businesses and artisan producers, James is supremely interested in the provenance of food and the exceptional quality of his ingredients, clearly evident in his dishes.
To book your table at The Green Room please call 01637 882400 . We recommend you do this in advance to avoid disappointment.
Our opening hours are:
The Green Room Café & Bar
Monday – Wednesday 9am – 6pm, Wednesday – Saturday 9am – 10pm and Sunday 9am – 8pm
The Green Room Restaurant
Wednesday – Saturday 12pm – 2.30pm & 5pm – 9.00pm (last table) in term time.
On Sunday we are open for a wonderful Sunday Lunch from 12pm – 3.30pm but closed in the evening.
In school holidays we open for lunch and dinner seven nights a week.
February 2013. James Uses Ian Sinclair’s Surprisingly Versatile Cardsharp 2 Knife to Create a Michelin Star Quality Meal in 10 Minutes.
Caught out on a beach in Cornwall without dinner sorted? Click on the Sinclair icon to see the short Youtube film.
Summer 2012. James creates three recipes to launch the new Hotpoint Luce range.
Summer 2012. The Gourmet Lounge at The Stowaway
James will be hosting regular evenings at The Stowaway in the picturesque village of Port Isaac throughout the summer. The evening comprises of a six course tasting menu, interaction with James and a BYO drinks policy so you can enjoy your favourite tipple with fantastic food. Tickets are £60 pp and available by ringing Sue or Jim on 01208 881083.