Competing for Archichef London 2017

By Hannah Mellow on October 26, 2017

On Wednesday 25th October, for one night only, we put our food-design skills to the ultimate test – competing against five architecture practices for the prestigious 'Archichef London 2017' title.

About the competition

Organised by Towant, six London-based practices, represented by two designers, were invited to become Archichefs for the night and compete for a practice profile on Architonic. The chefs from each practice proposed a dish (representing their practice's work, projects, history or brand) for Osteria's chefs to prepare and serve to diners at the ArchichefNight event. All attendees, along with Head Chef Christian Farrelly, then voted for the 'best dish of the night' to win the grand prize. 

As is 'the Spacelab way', we gave all of our colleagues an opportunity to put forward a dish and a proposal to represent Spacelab. We all then voted for our preferred dishes. Sanel Durmus and Michael Beach were the clear winners and went on to represent us on the night.

Our dish

Titled PC 25-10-17 (PC stands for project completion), we put forward a deconstructed lemon meringue pie in Spacelab-branded colours. We designed an architectural-feature dessert that represents our business motto, 'unlocking space, empowering people'. Diners were empowered to break the white-chocolate dome with their spoons to unlock the lemon meringue 'goodness' inside. 


Alas, we were 'pipped to the post' by Pollard Thomas Edwards' Archichefs who submitted an 'Urban Zest' lemon drizzle cake. 

We'd like to extend a huge thank you to Towant for organising the event, as well as the team at Osteria restaurant for hosting it and making all of our designs a reality. We'd also like to thank the event partners, Ceramica Sant'Agostino, essequattro, Nero3, Foglizzo, Gufram, Kaldewei, Panzeri, and Stone Italiana, for sponsoring the event.

Topics: Archichef, ArchichefNight, ArchichefNight London 2017, architectural dessert, Food architecture