Bar group The Alchemist is becoming as renowned for its food offer as it is for the spectacular cocktails that have traditionally sent customers flocking to its sites.
Over the past year, vegan dishes have been added to its restaurants for the first time, with delicacies such as Keralan curry with chickpeas and cauliflower rice and shawarma cauliflower steak demonstrating the ability of its food development team to conceive original but on-trend dishes.
At the helm of that operation is Seamus O’Donnell, who has overseen The Alchemist’s culinary expansion during his decade with the brand.
Experience has taught him that getting the kitchen specification right is the secret to driving the entire operation. “If you’ve got the right equipment, it’s very easy to develop your menus.
Compared to eight or nine years ago, if you get the right piece of equipment you know you can cook it more efficiently and in less time, which helps your chefs,” he says.
London has been a key focus for the business this year, with Shoreditch, Canary Wharf and Vauxhall all on the agenda. And whether he’s afforded lots of kitchen space, or a little, he’ll always do his best for his chefs: “The chefs need the correct equipment to work with so it’s about trying to fit it in and deliver our menu.”
Company: The Alchemist
Address: Chadsworth House, Wilmslow Road, Handforth, Wilmslow, SK9 3HP
Tel: 01625 322488
Focus: Bar and all-day dining