Jonny Lake and Isa Bal on opening Trivet, winemaking and moving on from the Fat Duck
Jonny Lake and Isa Bal made a name for themselves while running the Fut Duck, Heston Blumenthal’s celebrated three-michelin-starred restaurant in Bray, once voted the best in the world. The pair have now begun a new venture, choosing Snowfields, in between London Bridge and Bermondsey, an area that has seen new life in the years after the construction of the Shard, as the location to launch their debut operation.
For their restaurant, the duo wanted a name that would reflect the different food and wine cultures they are drawing from and they came up with Trivet, which is the stand used to cook and serve food; they like the fact its purpose is creating a stable arrangement over uneven ground.
Trivet has just opened and Lake and Bal are in the early stages of a project that offers informal fine-dining, as well as a wine bar with a dedicated menu. When they talk about their food and wine list, and the path that led there, they are shy and humble, but behind their gaze, you can tell there’s a very clear idea of what they want.
We sit down and talk with them about all things Trivet, from the Fat Duck days to an Italian pasta dish that inspired the concept of this restaurant.
Filippo L’Astorina, the Editor
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To book a table at Trivet, 36 Snowsfields Bermondsey London SE1 3SU, call 020 3141 8670 or visit their website here.