jean philippe blondet on the dorchester rooftop
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Chef Jean-Philippe Blondet’s love of the Mediterranean

August 05, 2022

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Let us transport you to the delights of the sun-drenched Mediterranean with chef Jean-Philippe Blondet. Discover his favourite places and foodie recommendations that have inspired The Dorchester Rooftop’s summer experience.

Favourite food memory

Growing up in Nice prompted my passion for food. I vividly remember the visual feast of visiting our local food markets as a child, and my parents chatting to producers about different ways of cooking the seasonal ingredients. Those early memories of the stimulating sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the market ignited something in me. I’ve always felt a wonderful sense of occasion surrounding food and I adore the joy it brings people.

Carefree summers

There’s nowhere like summer in the beautiful sun-kissed Mediterranean. When I think of ‘The Med’, it conjures up images of relaxed holidays, the sound of the sea and leisurely lunches. Sunset is my favourite part of the day, when the heat gives way to a cool party vibe. My native Nice is known for its azure water and beautiful beaches. Away from the coast, the scenic hilltop villages draw me with their promise of low-key local restaurants serving the most incredible food. When it comes to this region’s local dishes, it’s simple pleasures that make me smile. Freshly picked tomatoes still warm from the sun, a soft burrata that oozes when you slice into it, and sea bream fresh off the boat and barbecued before your eyes.

the dorchester rooftop burrata on terrace
jean philippe blondet and bastien bertaina on rooftop

Rooftop experience

I was thrilled to be invited to reimagine The Dorchester Rooftop this summer. I instantly knew that my passion for ‘The Med’ would give me the opportunity to share dishes I love. Chef Bastien Bertaina shares my passion and is doing a wonderful job of bringing the dishes to life. We’re offering the kind of experience we like to share with our own family and friends. Everything about dining outside makes for a more relaxed vibe and the rooftop is a great place to meet friends, enjoy the sunshine, see the sunset, and share delicious dishes along with animated conversation and live music.

Come and experience my roots, my vision, my passion – where every dish is designed to make the ingredients sing.

Jean-Philippe Blondet Executive Chef

Provence to Liguria

When I’m asked about my most memorable Mediterranean highlights it’s hard to pin down just a few, but here are some real gems that always enthral me. The undisputable glamour of Saint-Tropez, the abundance of citrus trees in carnival-loving Menton, and Provence’s village of Valensole with is huge sweeping vistas of pungent purple lavender. On the Italian Riviera, picture-perfect Portofino offers incredible coastal views, while the brightly coloured houses of Cinque Terre always make my spirit soar. To celebrate these diverse destinations our bar team has created individual cocktails in their honour – the perfect way to toast the summer.

Power to transport

One street food dish that immediately transports me back to Nice is socca, a local chickpea pancake-like street-food snack, cooked in a large copper pan over a roaring wood fire. When I go home, I queue up and wait patiently for a slice as the scent wafts over me, building the expectation. Another dish that takes me back in time is pissaladière, which is like a pizza but simply topped with caramelised onions, anchovies and black olives.

Four Cocktails on a table on a sunny day at The Dorchester rooftop.

I love it when diners say that after an evening at The Dorchester Rooftop, they feel like they have been on a Mediterranean holiday.

Jean-Philippe Blondet Executive Chef

A sunny Day at The Dorchester Rooftop, Mediterranean, alain ducasse

Flavours to savour

Each of The Dorchester Rooftop dishes aims to tell a story on a plate. It’s food that’s been drenched in sunshine and feels like a warm embrace. When produce is this good it needs little intervention, it’s more about giving each ingredient the opportunity to sing. Initially diners are enticed by the amazing views over London, once seated though your culinary experience begins. A kaleidoscope of colour in the form of salads, seafood and ceviche, ending with a personal favourite – my version of tarte tropézienne. This sumptuously soft brioche is filled with sweet orange blossom syrup, bitter marmalade and whipped cream – ideal for sharing.

Until the end of summer, you can experience The Dorchester Rooftop, alternatively discover Jean-Philippe Blondet’s exceptional three Michelin starred cuisine at Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester.

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