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Atul Kochhar’s Chef Season starts with MasterChef Winner Ping Coombes at Indian Essence, Petts Wood

Atul Kochhar’s 2017 Chef Season, featuring internationally acclaimed chefs, starts with Ping Coombes at Indian Essence in Petts Wood, Greater London on 11th and 12th January 2017.


Rising to fame as the winner of MasterChef in 2014, Ping Coombes brings her traditional Malaysian cuisine to Atul Kochhar’s contemporary Indian restaurant in a collaborative six-course tasting menu.

The six-course menu has been carefully created to surprise and delight the senses with spices and unique flavour combinations from both India and Malaysia. Chef Ping Coombes’ uses traditional flavours which perfectly compliment the cuisine of Atul Kochhar. The menu incorporates elements of both the land and sea, from Kochhar’s amuse bouche of cumin scented potato cakes stuffed with spices, dates and ginger, to Coombes’ crispy baby squid with curry leaves and salted mayo.

The tasting menu alternates between Indian gastronomy, with dishes such as southern spiced lamb chops and lamb rump, to Pings take on Malaysian classic Chicken Satay, crispy corn fed chicken with red cabbage and kale slaw, peanut sauce and crispy egg. Ping Coombes’ dessert platter is the perfect end to the evening with kaya and peanut butter French toast, palm sugar syrup and coconut ice cream. All of the six courses are expertly paired with wines to compliment the exceptional flavours of the dishes.


For the ultimate gastronomic experience from two world-class chefs, the six course tasting menu at Indian Essence is one not to be missed! But should this happen, Ping Coombes will be collaborating with chef Kochhar at his Sindhu Restaurant on the Thames at The Compleat Angler in Marlow on 15th & 16th March.  

The six-course tasting menu is available 11th and 12th January 2017

Prices for the six-course tasting menu start from £54.95 per person or £94.95 with wine pairings

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