Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Local News & Alerts | 0 comments

Starting June 3, acclaimed chef to bring a fresh perspective in food to Bermuda’s Pink Palace

On June 3, 2014, acclaimed chef Marcus Samuelsson will open a two month pop-up restaurant, Samuelsson at HP at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess hotel.  The pop-up is a preview of the new signature restaurant, set to open at the hotel in May of 2015.  Chef Samuelsson has crafted a vibrant menu that celebrates Bermudian culture and history, and will be executed by chef de cuisine Leo Marino from Samuelsson’s acclaimed Red Rooster Harlem in New York City.

“I’m excited to create new flavors inspired by the rich, vibrant culture and history of Bermuda,” says Chef Marcus Samuelsson.  “From fresh-caught, local fish to an array of Caribbean and Portuguese ingredients and traditions, there is such a wealth of inspiration to bring to the table. We’ve received a warm welcome from our colleagues in Bermuda, and we look forward to becoming part of the community.”

In addition to the wealth of local ingredients, Samuelsson at HP has been able to leverage local culinary talent to bring Samuelsson at HP to life.  Five students from the culinary program at Bermuda College will hone their skills at the pop-up.

“Developing local talent is something that we do at all of our restaurants,” explains Nils Noren, vice president of restaurant operations at the Marcus Samuelsson Group.  “The opportunity to secure culinary staff from Bermuda College created a wonderful opportunity for us, and also for the students.  They will bring a wonderful local dimension to the kitchen, and at the end of the run of the pop-up, we’ll take the top student to New York for a week-long externship at Red Rooster Harlem. We hope that this experience is one of the most influential of the education.”

The menu at Samuelsson at HP will offer dishes in Chef Samuelsson’s signature, internationally influenced cooking style.  Dishes will highlight fresh seafood and local flavors to emphasize the restaurant’s warm, seaside location and the culture of Bermuda.  There will be several raw options, like Rockfish Ceviche with pickled cherry tomato, radishes and jalapeño oil; and small plate appetizers like Fish Chowder Croquettes with rum aioli; and Trout Roe Tacos with wasabi, red onion and corn tortilla.  Large plates will include Grilled Head on Shrimp with ginger-scallion sauce, sweet soy and cilantro; and Mustard-Crusted Lamb Rack with red wine and coffee-caramelized pearl onions.

Desserts take on an island theme, with offerings like Rum Cake with strawberry and ginger salad; Dark & Stormy Sorbet; and Banana Bread Pudding Parfait with passion fruit gel and chocolate.

The pop-up restaurant’s bar menu will feature bespoke warm weather cocktails, from large, shareable pitchers of Rum Rum Punch with white rum, dark rum, coconut water, pineapple juice, lime and nutmeg; to the M City Grapefruit with tequila, grapefruit, mint and salt.

The pop-up features a 48-seat indoor dining room in addition to expansive outdoor seating for up to 60 additional guests with a bar, dining area and lounge terrace.  Handcrafted design elements will showcase geometric patterned pillows and flooring, nautical elements, Scandinavian-inspired wood furniture and subtle, yet bright pops of colour.

Samuelsson at HP will be available from June 3 to August 3, 2014. For more information or to make reservation, please call (441) 295-3000.  Reservations are recommended.

Marcus Samuelssonis the internationally acclaimed, Ethiopian born, Swedish raised chef/owner of Red Rooster Harlem and its sister speakeasy and jazz lounge, Ginny’s Supper Club.  He is the youngest chef to ever receive two three-star ratings from The New York Times, has won multiple James Beard Foundation Awards including Best Chef: New York City, and he was tasked with planning and executing the Obama Administration’s first State Dinner.  A New York Times bestselling author of Yes, Chef, Samuelsson was also crowned champion of television series Top Chef Masters, winning $115,000 for UNICEF, and he won Chopped: All Stars, donating $50,000 to C-CAP.  He has most recently served as a mentor on season two of ABC’s food competition series, The Taste.

The Samuelsson at HP experience is part of a more than $90 million renovation and restoration of The Fairmont Hamilton Princess that includes the guestrooms and suites in the Poinciana wing of the hotel, a new resort infinity pool and a new marina featuring an expansive harbour side restaurant, 1609 Bar & Restaurant.

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