The nation’s latest dining-out craze has finally arrived in Sheffield, thanks to chef and foodie Komal Khan.
She is the founder of Sheffield Supper Club – an experience that comes somewhere between a restaurant and a dinner party. And it’s a fair bet that it won’t be the only club in town for long.
Komal, who lives in Meersbrook, has loved cooking all her life: “My mum got me chopping veg from the time I was really young,” she says.
At 17 she got a job with Pizza Hut, then went back to college, gained her chef’s diploma and boosted her experience with a week at London’s Park Lane Hotel, which included helping with a banquet for 600 to mark the Master Chef of Great Britain Awards.
After a spell as sous chef at the Bohemian in Chesterfield Road, she landed the post of pastry chef at award-winning Fusion organic café in Arundel Street.
She now combines her duties there with writing a blog (girlwhoate theworld.blogspot.com) and running her new venture, which she hopes might one day become a full-time enterprise.
The first supper club, at the end of July, attracted six fellow foodies to her mum’s house. She didn’t know any of them but two were also local bloggers and had been in touch via Twitter.
“I was a bit nervous before they arrived but everything went really well,” says Komal, who served up a four-course meal of favourite dishes from around the world.
She was so pleased with the result that she is planning her second supper club on Tuesday, August 23, with space for ten diners this time.
The theme is Spain: “I’m a huge fan of Spanish cuisine and good Spanish food is hard to find in Sheffield.”
The menu will include tapas, paella and churros with hot chocolate dipping sauce. The cost is £20 per person; bring your own wine.
For more details or bookings, see: SheffieldSupperClub.blogspot.com