Interview with Celebrity chef, Stephanie Moon

We are delighted to announce the return of Sky Dining with Stephanie Moon, a pop-up restaurant on View Deck One of our iconic 170 metre high viewing tower. Stephanie Moon is a talented and passionate celebrity chef. Sky Dining will see her host intimate evening events to showcase quality produce from around Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Expect an exquisite seven course meal from canapés to dessert with sensational flavours, a stunning harbour view and an optional flight of wines to match!

EST: Welcome back to the Tower, Stephanie! We are thrilled to see the return of Sky Dining. How does it feel to be back and what are you most looking forward to?

SM: I am really excited to be asked back down to Portsmouth for a third year and to work with the team again will be fabulous. The views from Emirates Spinnaker Tower are some of the finest in the world, I think! The local suppliers are fabulous and so helpful. I am getting to know some of the Portsmouth characters now and love it!

 

EST: What have you been up to since you were last here at the Tower?

SM: Well so much! A very busy year including winning an award for being a food champion – which was very humbling experience. I have also been on holiday to America and cooked for some amazing diners. After Sky Dining in April, I have been invited to cook with Tom Kerridge and Tommy Banks for BBC Good Food Magazine so it is from one amazing event to another at the moment. I feel very blessed!

 

EST: Sky Dining will see guests indulge in a unique fine dining experience, showcasing the finest seasonal produce from Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Which suppliers will feature in your menu this year?

SM: Wow, how long have we got?! Bad Boys Biltong – peppery and really wonderful and lives up to its name! Bishop Slayer Oyster Stout makes an amazing appetiser and I am fascinated to try it! I love the fact they donate funds from every beer sold to help regrow Hampshire’s oyster beds. The Hampshire Jam Company – so enthusiastic! Their chutneys and crunchy cucumber pickle sound fantastic and the Hampshire Coppa looks stunning – never mind the boys in blue! The Hampshire Garden Canapé is really fun and will highlight the stunning cheeses too… Do you realise these are only the canapés?! So much to offer and they’re so local that many are practically zero food miles!

 

EST: You will share your Spring Inspired Menu on 6th and 7th April. What can diners expect from it?

SM: The Spring Inspired Menu is where we are concentrating on the produce in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. It’s stunning and exciting to be using some new products this year to keep our dinners enthusiastic and enthralled as to what comes next!

EST: Which of the courses are you most looking forward to sharing with your diners?

SM: I think this year’s Fish or Main courses – Spring and Autumn. It’s hard to pick really! All courses are contributing to the overall experience and hopefully the guests feel they have been on a really interesting and fun food experience up the tower.

 

EST: Being a chef for 20 years and having experience in some of the best hotels across the world, you must have tried an extraordinary variety of flavours and combinations! If you had to choose your ultimate meal, what would it be?

SM: I love so much food! Perhaps I’d go for a classic – a really lovely Fish Pie with a glass of crisp Sauvignon Blanc and a view like the Spinnaker Tower’s to make it complete!

 

EST: With your highly anticipated Autumn Inspired Menu coming this October, what else might we find you doing for the rest of the year?

SM: After I have done the first Sky Dining events, I am hot footing it up to Yorkshire to do the dinner with Tom Kerridge and Tommy Banks. I am doing a pudding course. The rest of the year is very busy. I’m doing food cookery demos in a pop-up in Harrogate’s Valley Gardens. The food will be served as a dinner on one very long table – it should be really fun. Over August I’m planning a trip on the canal boat that I have a time share in. I’m hoping for a relaxing time – here’s hoping my dogs do not fall in the Oxford Union Canal! The rest of the year I am keeping busy with events across the UK and I am even helping host a couple of awards nights – a little different to cooking I can say – ball gowns and all!

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