I caught up with Dhruv Baker, who avid Master Chef viewers will remember as the winner of the 2010 series, ahead of his upcoming South London Supper Club. As well as being a South West London resident, living in Earlsfield for over 10 years, Dhruv is hoping to add to the thriving South London food scene with further ventures as part of The Earlsfield Kitchen.
First things first I asked Dhruv what has kept him in SW London for so long, to which he cited the growing food community. Not only this but also the vast amounts of green space Wandsworth and beyond has to offer with plentiful local parks and commons, attractive to Dhruv even more since having a young family.
Favourite places to eat? For something special Michelin starred Chez Bruce on Wandsworth Common can’t be beaten. Moxons for fish and chips because “who doesn’t love fish and chips”, agreed! Like me it seems that Dhruv is also a fan of Tapas and a regular at El Rincon Latino, perfect for casual mid-week dining. Of course the wealth of fish mongers and butchers in SW are also a draw.
So three years on from Master Chef victory Dhruv is realising his culinary dream with the recently launched Earlsfield Kitchen. Not a restaurant as such but a concept which will take the form of pop-up supper clubs, stalls at local markets and drop and go meal services, there are big plans ahead. For now you can see what the Earlsfield Kitchen has to offer at the second, this time Mexican, Supper Club in conjunction with Clapham’s The Jam Tree, more details here. Asked about the success of the first supper club, which was Indian inspired, Dhruv stated that the collaboration with the brilliant Jam Tree allowed regulars to experience something different. When I spoke to Dhruv he was finishing a day debuting The Earlsfield Kitchen at a local street market which runs on the first Friday of the month, sounds like he’s been busy and we can expect to see more of Dhruv and The Earlsfield Kitchen in the coming months.