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OCC Patrons’ Lunch – prepared by Jeremiah Tower

Friday, March 23 2018, 1pm - 3pm, at Brookes Restaurant, Headington Campus, Oxford Brookes University, OX3 0BP


Join the Oxford Cultural Collective’s Patrons for a special lunch prepared by legendary US chef Jeremiah Tower.

Tickets cost £60 per guest, to include drinks reception and a four-course lunch with wine.  To book tickets, follow this link.


Our Patrons are a dedicated team of acclaimed food professionals who work to ensure the Oxford Cultural Collective’s success and profile. They have a particular interest in the Collective’s educational remit, focused on providing students from the Oxford School of Hospitality Management with extraordinary learning experiences.  At this year’s event Patrons including Madhur Jaffrey CBE, Jeremy Lee, Jessica Harris, Marc Millon and Paul Bloomfield will address guests after a special lunch prepared by Jeremiah Tower, former co-owner of Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California, and founder of Stars in San Francisco.



Oyster tartare with chives

Smoked eel tartare

Mexican shrimp hash

Curried scrambled eggs, sea urchin chervil sauce, buttered toast soldiers


Tournedo of capon breast, spring vegetable ragout, morel mushroom sauce


Stilton soufflé – twice baked, served with with walnut relish


Rosemary shortbread, pears and apricots in Riesling, elderberry flower-rhubarb syrup, strawberry ice cream, rose petals  



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Jeremiah Tower is widely regarded as the ‘Father’ of modern American cuisine.

Tower’s unique and privileged childhood, in which fine dining, first class travel and lengthy stays in five-star hotels were the norm, fuelled a life-long love affair with food and shaped his hospitality career. His quest as a chef and restaurateur was to deliver food and service of ground-breaking style and unsurpassed quality.  Whilst his seemingly charmed early years were also marked by stark emotional isolation from his parents (“The worst thing that happened to me was that I wasn’t an orphan”, he comments in The Last Magnificent), he makes no claims to lasting psychological damage.

Jeremiah began his culinary career in 1972 at the acclaimed Chez Panisse in Berkeley, from where he became a key player in the emerging Californian cuisine movement.  After moving on from Chez Panisse (and escaping his famously tempestuous relationship with Alice Waters), he launched Stars in San Francisco, which was an immediate success.  With a clientele that included Liza Minnelli, Rudolph Nureyev, Luciano Pavarotti and Joe Di Maggio, Stars was firmly established as the ‘go to’ destination for the leading cultural figures of the age, and Jeremiah secured his position as America’s first ‘celebrity chef’.

After building his restaurant empire to include sites in Hong Kong and Singapore, Jeremiah took the unexpected decision to give it all up, to move first to Manilla and soon after to Mexico, where he lived in relative obscurity until 2014.

In recent years, led in large part by the success of The Last Magnificent, Anthony Bourdain’s biographical documentary, Jeremiah is returning to international prominence. In 2016 he published Table Manners: How to Behave in the Modern World and Why Bother, soon followed by a new and even more revealing version of his memoir, Start the Fire: How I began a Food Revolution in America.

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