Sally Clarke | Litfest A Food and Drinks Literacy Festival at Ballymaloe
Sally grew up in Guildford, Surrey and after school, studied Hotel and Catering management at Croydon College, followed by 1 year in Paris at the Cordon Bleu. During this time she also worked as an unpaid commis chef in 3 different restaurants.
Back in London, she worked for Prue Leith, both in her catering business and as a teacher at Leith's School of Food and Wine.
From 1979 Sally lived and worked in California, at Michael's Restaurant and the West Beach Cafe, learning both kitchen and dining room skills. It was during this time that she met Alice Waters of Chez Panisse, who became a friend, and subsequently her mentor. Alice continues to be her inspiration on a daily basis.
In 1984 she opened Clarke's Restaurant on Kensington Church Street, offering daily-changing menus, and what was to become her famous 'no choice menu' set dinner. Every night her customers were offered a four course menu, which offered the best and the freshest from the market of that day. Still now, the menus are constantly changing, showcasing the seasonal changes throughout the year.
In 1989, her provisions shop next door opened its doors, offering freshly baked goods from the restaurant kitchens. Following the rapid success of both the restaurant and the shop, the Sally Clarke Wholesale Bakery was born. Situated in North Kensington, it now supplies over 100 customers on a daily basis with breads, croissants, tarts, cakes and chocolate truffles.
The Production Kitchen opened a few years ago, creating all the takeaway items for the Sally Clarke shop, including soups, chicken pies, souffle Suissesse, salads, ready meals and much more.
1999 saw the publication of her first book, "Sally Clarke's Book, recipes from a Restaurant, Shop and Bakery" and in 2015, her 2nd book, "30 Ingredients" was published by Francis Lincoln celebrating the restaurant's 30 years.
In 2009 she was awarded an MBE in the Queen's birthday honours list for services to the hospitality industry.
She works within the restaurant, shop, bakery and production kitchen and can be seen most days in the dining room, the shop and the kitchens.
Years at Litfest: 2017
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