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A Feast For All Seasons with Culinary Genius Chef Adebola Adesina

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I learnt a new word on Friday 18th May 2012.

Degustation: A culinary term meaning a careful appreciative tasting of various foods. It involves sampling small portions of the Chef’s signature dishes and each sample is served with matching wine accompanying it.

Hercules Offshore, a leading global provider of offshore contract drilling, litfboat and inland barge services decided to honor their esteemed clients and investors with a unique experience. To do this successfully, they got Team Logic; an events planning company that specializes in breaking the barriers of convention and they put together a feast for ALL seasons.

Ify Ojy

Team Logic planned an evening with a Greco-Roman Mythology theme. The MD of Team Logic, Ms Ify Ojy said the theme seemed perfect in light of the name of the company and being a fan of the classics it was only right that everything about the evening fell right into place. ‘Team Logic is the place to go for a unique outline of your event‘.  She told BellaNaija that as a food expert and blogger she knows a lot about food and nobody had put together a degustation before, so when she was approached by Hercules to plan their event she knew that a festival of seasons was going to be right up their alley.

Team Logic found the amazing Chef Ade. A Nigerian born Chef who trained in the UK under the renowned Gordon Ramsay along with Le Cordon Bleu trained Chef Fregz and together they put together a fete that hopefully would become the first of many to come.

Chef Ade

Chef Fregz

The event was scheduled to start at 7pm at the Medici Restaurant at Victoria Island and guests were treated to classes of champagne as they mingled before the food was served. The room was brightly lit the centre pieces on every table setting the tone of the evening which was in line with the Greco-Roman mythology. The string quartet started with very light and easy pieces of Handel and Mozart and the waiters started serving the meals as soon as the music came on.

It was a beautiful journey through the seasons for my palate; from “A Winter’s Tale” (the  chilled leek and potato soup) through the “Summer Surprise” (Pan seared scallops, lobster tail and banana plantain with curry mayonnaise)  to Artemis’ Sacrifice (Duo of Quail Sous Vide Breast Zucchini Cream ). There was a palate cleanser of Lime mint granita watermelon shot which tasted absolutely delightful and by the time we got to “Demeter’s Delight”(Fillet of Red Snapper, Marjoram Gnocchi, Dried Shrimp in Langoustine sauce) I was absolutely stuffed.

I gave up on my trying to learn the names of the dishes because it distracted me from slowly savoring the taste of every course.  The desserts were absolutely yummy and everybody was talking about the lovely evening they were having.

Everything looks very mouth watering right? Now you know why I had to find out more about the chef.

Chef Ade

Chef Ade was 9 when his family moved to the UK. His love for cooking and the skills he honed over the years was unique to the crop of new generation super British chefs. Ade was asked to appear in the third series of the BBC’s well celebrated and popular television show ‘Great British Menu’. Representing the London region and championing local, fresh produce, Ade demonstrated his take on modern British cuisine and in doing so played his part in raising the profile of contemporary British cooking to greater heights. He worked with the Aubergine team under the tutelage of Gordon Ramsay and  remained within the Ramsay fold for the next 6 years.

Every meal that came out of that kitchen was an absolute delight and the guests looked positively blissful at the end of the day.  



We hope that Chef Ade will be back soon and we at BellaNaija look forward to another delicious experience.

Photo Credits: Alistair Englebert Preston|http://aepreston.tumblr.com/

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17 Comments

  1. LPS

    May 28, 2012 at 12:37 pm

  2. Kach

    May 28, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    De-eyes-tation: A culinary term meaning a careful appreciative eying of various foods. It involves eying small portions of the Chef’s signature dishes and each picture is a torture to ones state of hunger… Now this is my current predicament, thanks Bellanaija!

    • Duchess Jacob Abayomi

      May 28, 2012 at 2:01 pm

      Hehehehehehe

    • faith

      May 28, 2012 at 11:34 pm

      So funny lol

  3. Jess

    May 28, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Fancy! Everything does look yummy though.

  4. Berry Choco Latte

    May 28, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    The food looks yummy! Too bad I’m a picky eater 🙁

  5. Niño

    May 28, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    I’m a confirmed foodie and I just had an breakdown looking at these plates…..exquisite

  6. pynk

    May 28, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Some people look like the portions were too small for them. No small chops?

    • lala

      May 28, 2012 at 11:08 pm

      did you read what the event was about????

  7. Facade

    May 28, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    I feel the photographer could have taken better shoots of th food to male I more colorful. There is a way to photograph an edit food frames for editorials

  8. Lady G

    May 28, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Frez and Ade, you guys are killing me here o!

  9. Ima P.

    May 28, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    Go TEAM LOGIC! Go IFY!
    This event was well planned & it was indeed a beautiful journey thru the seasons for my palate too
    A 12 course degustation with wine pairing!

    …A DELECTABLE DINNER.

  10. hephzibah

    May 28, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    When I saw Summer surprise and its content(banana kini, curry mayonnaise..) Lawdamerci! They all looked yummy, but being the picky eater I am…naah. Pass the mic

  11. iamfascinating

    May 28, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    yummy,

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  12. hot momma n future gastronomic star

    June 1, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    waoh! am jealous and impressed.we need a feature on chef fregz, what with my dream school le cordon bleu et al how he got in n if ivy league culinary schools r worth it. anyway, why does chef .fregz keep wearing le cordon bleu chef whites i thought alumni can’t use the logo outside blah blah blah! sha i duff my hat.am truly in awe.

  13. HipFoodieChick

    June 18, 2012 at 1:13 am

    Wow! Does anyone know if Team Logic does other corporate events? This looks very tastefully done. I think I see her contact info in the picture; anyone know if its correct.

  14. Nigeria Wine Society

    June 29, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Nice one guys

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