StarChefs showcases Britain’s top culinary talent by making the culinary creations of some of the country’s finest chefs available on demand for diners to enjoy at home. For Easter, the platform has collaborated with Michelin-starred chef Tom Aikens to come up with a spectacular Sunday roast for spring with the family feast front and centre.
Full of everything you need for a sumptuous Easter Sunday feast, including a huge lamb joint, truffle potatoes, artichokes, asparagus salad, quaint scrambled egg starter and a giant chocolate egg for a fun family dessert everyone will love. We also received a bunch of daffodils to help with the table setting too!
How many does it feed?
From 2-4 people
Many of the dishes are ready prepped but the cooking and construction of this does require some planning and thought. Luckily, the beautifully presented instruction cards are clear and easy to follow. The lamb takes a while to roast in the oven (after initial searing) and most of the other dishes can be prepped and eaten while it is in the oven. The dessert is just as fun to prepare as it is to break and eat so a great one to get all the family involved in.
The menu kicks off with an incredibly easy-to-prepare soft scrambled egg with herb sabayon and maple syrup. Served in ready-prepped eggshells in an egg box, and providing a small teaser of the delicious meal to come, these were the perfect blend of sweet and savoury – such a treat. Next, the asparagus and edible flower salad not only looked good but it tasted so fresh, thanks to the pea shoots, asparagus and edible flowers. The sprinkling of a very moreish Wissington cheese gave it a welcome salty kick.
The absolute star of the show has to be the roasted leg of lamb – sourced from Lake District Farmers, so we knew it was a good ’un – with thyme and honey, which thus far has been teasing us with its wholesome aroma from the kitchen. The instructions gave us the best timings depending on how we like our meat to be cooked and we went with a happy ‘medium’, which was succulent and full of flavour. Teamed with the indulgent and mouthwatering truffle gratin potatoes, the peas à la Française and roasted baby artichokes it was an incredible and elevated Sunday roast fit for royalty. (And thanks to Aikens, our teenager will no longer eat peas without the ‘à la Française’).
You can’t pass through rhubarb season without making the most of this tangy, tart treat and Aikens’ showstopping Easter pud is the perfect way to indulge. We piped blobs of white chocolate mousse into a large dark chocolate egg, resisting the urge to pipe it directly into our mouths, then added the fresh rhubarb, rhubarb jelly and tiny meringue rounds before replacing the lid and adding a little jelly rabbit to the chocolate nest it sits upon. After ceremoniously bringing it to the table, we all grabbed a spoon and crushed the egg, tucking into the sweet and sour goodness inside. It would have been the ideal slow-motion Instagram video, had the younger diners given us the chance to film. I’m afraid, Tom, it was just too good to not eat straightaway!
Boxes cost £165 for two people and £285 for four people, including nationwide delivery. Jelly rabbits are a £9 supplement.
A highly delicious and elevated spectacular of a Sunday feast, perfect for a family celebration, and great fun.
The StarChefs Easter Experience with Tom Aikens is available to pre-order from the StarChefs website for delivery on Thursday 1, Friday 2 or Saturday 3 April; starchefs.co.uk