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Star Turn: Mark Poynton announces residency

Top Cambridge chef Mark Poynton, formerly of Michelin-starred restaurant Alimentum, has just announced a residency at Cambridge Cookery, the acclaimed bistro, cafe and cookery school.

Following a series of sell-out pop-ups at the venue - which have seen Mark cook in the open-plan school space, right in front of diners, to, reports Cambridge Cookery boss Tine Roche, “rapturous response” - he says the collaboration promises “unstuffy food” complemented by “great wines and amazing service”.

With Cambridge Cookery’s Maria Stefania Losanno alongside him, Mark is bringing MJP Restaurant to the bistro on Friday and Saturday nights. “We’ll be serving delicious plates of food with quality ingredients - like celeriac and brown shrimp ‘spaghetti’ in a shellfish sauce and Lancashire cheese rarebit served on a pikelet with apple and IPA chutney,” he says.

Michelin Star chef Mark Poynton presenting a cookbook to chef Abul Monsur (24604532)
Michelin Star chef Mark Poynton presenting a cookbook to chef Abul Monsur (24604532)

“It’s great to be teaming up with like-minded people whose focus is on quality and sustainability, all served in a relaxing way, with diners getting the chance to see me in action and ask questions.”

With Cambridge Cookery’s Saturday night dinners selling out the minute they’re advertised, Tine says the collaboration with Mark will help meet demand. “Mark has done a few pop-ups here and they have all been roaring successes, so this seemed the obvious way forward,” she explains. “We have always focused on high quality food in a relaxed and unpretentious setting, and that is exactly what Mark does.”

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