I’m not sure I could cook a meal with either of my sons, even when they’re older (they are only 10 and 7 right now). I’m far too much of a control freak. I’m sure such an event would result in the throwing of insults and food with a few sharp knives thrown in for good measure. It wouldn’t be pretty and I doubt our guests would receive any grub at the end of the debacle.
So in my book Andy and George Lynes are brave men. Father and son will be cooking together for their first pop up as Lynes & Co in Brighton next month. For those of you that aren’t familiar with Lynes & Co, Andy is a Brighton based restaurant critic, author and Masterchef semi-finalist. He’s also one of the founders of the Brighton Food Society. It seems son George shares his father’s affection for food, having began his career as an apprentice chef at Michelin Bib Gourmand-winning The Chilli Pickle in Brighton. He’s also had stints at Maze and Chez Bruce, both in London and the Michelin-starred Curlew in Bodiam.
‘I’ve never cooked with my dad in a professional kitchen, so its going to be an interesting challenge,’ says George. ‘I’m really excited to have this opportunity to present some of my own dishes under my own name for the first time.’
With dishes like ham hock, broad bean and Sussex curd served with scorched beer-pickled onions, warm bacon and mustard emulsion and parsley oil in the offing as part of a four course menu it promises to be a good night. The event, titled ‘Generations’ will take place on 6 February at The Marwood Cafe in Brighton’s Lanes in association with Tabl.com.
Will we witness any explosive tantrums as the Lynes’ boys go head to head in the kitchen? I doubt it but you’ll just have to buy a ticket for the event yourself to be absolutely sure…