J. Bakers Bistro Moderne – Fossgate, York – 16/05/09

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In search of a wedding present we decided to have a day in York which un-planned turned in to an excellent foodie adventure. When in York we always have lunch at Jeff Bakers (click for link) on Fossgate and called in to book a table for lunch at one o’clock before hitting the shops. After a successful shopping mission we arrived to be seated at a table near the window. An excellent formula for Jeff Bakers is to sample the Grazing Menu which at lunch consists of three courses chosen by the kitchen for the modest sum of ten pounds. The offerings were Garlic soup, Hake and finally Calf’s liver. An appetiser plate of Wassabee Peas, dips and breads were brought initially with our glasses of house wines and a jug of iced water. Service was efficient and polite when needed. To finish a desert was shared along with two coffees, a plate of chocolate truffles and a cognac. The total bill was £38.00 which has to be one of the best value quality lunches we have had. Just a few of the extracts from Jeff’s web site history …..

  • Held a Michelin Star for 10 years 1996 to 2006 whilst heading up the kitchens of Pool Court.
  • First Chef to ever achieve a Michelin Star in Leeds.
  • Dom Perignon ‘The Collection’.
  • Listed as one of the top 35 Chefs in the UK.
  • Worked at 2 Star Château Montreuil.
  • Worked under Brian Turner and Nigel Davies at Sud Ouest.
  • Worked at 3 Star Tante Claire under the guidance of Pierre Koffman.
  • Yorkshire Chef of the Year 2005 – Yorkshire Life Magazine.
  • Awarded ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Leeds Restaurant Industry’ – Leeds Restaurant Association Awards 2005.

J&L 16/05/09

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