Guest Chef Series

Supported By

The Guest Chef Series in Partnership with Veuve Clicquot

Each evening diners will be able to enjoy a supper-club style menu designed by some of the leading lights of the UK culinary scene. Unique on this scale, the ‘Guest Chef Series’ will operate Monday to Saturday evenings from 6pm.

Echoing the museum’s ethos of both celebrating the past, and promoting the talent of the future, the series will see established names alongside up and coming chefs and food writers from this country and beyond.

The weekly changing menu, designed by the guest chef will be released the week prior to going live.

Current Guest Chef

Rowley Leigh

Rowley Leigh, one of this countries best loved chefs and cookery writers, will be kicking off the ‘Guest Chef Series’ on 28 November. A weekly changing menu designed by Rowley will be available through to 28 January.

His menus will include some of the signature dishes through which he made his name at restaurants Kensington Place and Le Café Anglais as well as dishes from his Financial Times columns.

28 November – 28 January
18:30 – 23:00 (last seating 21.45)
Monday to Saturday

View our supper menu by Rowley Leigh

Special Events

One Week,
Four Services,
Six Collaborators

As part of the Guest Chef Series we will be hosting a number of ‘one-off’ special events over the coming months featuring some of the finest chefs and food writers all whom will be cooking at Parabola.

From Monday 30 January to Saturday 4 February we will be welcoming Shaun Hill, Marianne Lumb, Paris Pop-Up and Vicki & Terence Conran to Parabola for six very special services. Each dinner will be a four-course supper club style affair and bookings will be taken for tables of 2-12 from 6.30 to 9.45pm.

Monday 30 January

Shaun Hill

Shaun is one of the country’s best-loved chefs and, having spent nearly 50 years in some of the best kitchens up and down the land, he is widely recognised by his peers and fans alike as a true legend of British cuisine. Currently Shaun is the chef / proprietor of the Walnut Tree Inn near Abergavenny (a mecca for many a hungry traveller) where he is still to be found behind the pass most services. It is a great honour to have Shaun with us for 'one night only'.


Tuesday 31 January

Marianne Lumb

Having been a runner up on Masterchef in 2009 Marianne went on to open her eponymous restaurant in Notting Hill in 2013. To describe the restaurant as bijou would be an understatement (there are just a handful of tables) so although it might sound trite it is fair to say that ‘Marianne' is small but perfectly formed. From her tiny kitchen Lumb is turning out some very impressive food so it is as a real treat to have her cooking with us on Tuesday 31 January.


Wednesday & Thursday 1-2 February

Paris Pop-Up

Harry Vidal and Laura Cummins met whilst working at 'Frenchie' restaurant in Paris and since 2013 they have lived a nomadic existence taking their 'Paris Pop-Up' around the globe – from Kyoto to Montreal, New York to Fez. They will be bringing a taste of the Parisian Bistronomy movement to the Design Museum for two nights on February 1 and 2.


Friday & Saturday 3-4 February

Vicki &
Terence Conran

Vicki & Terence Conran will present classic Conran family recipes over two special evenings.


Forthcoming Guest Chef

Valentine Warner

Valentine Warner is a television chef and food writer. Originally trained as a portrait painter Valentine swapped the paintbrush for the spoon and spent nine years cooking with the likes of Alistair Little and Rose Cariana.

He came to fame with his ‘What to Eat Now’ series of television programs and accompanying books for the BBC. Today he is a regular contributor to the food and drink pages of many magazines and newspapers and is a partner in Hepple Gin.

Monday 6 February – Friday 31 March