What a whirlwind tour with the Great British Menu Chefs

Jude has spent the last week racing around the countryside with fellow Great British Menu Chefs Josh Eggleton and Chris Wheeler.  I’d like to think their travelling style was somewhat in the manner of The Italian Job, all racing Mini’s and doors being blown off in a terribly frantic British manner, however the delayed trains…

The wonderful wine matching evening with Penfolds

The grand wine matching evening we hosted on Wednesday of this week in Kota Kai couldn’t have been better!  It went a little something like this : Guests were greeted with an Aperitif of Penfolds Koonga Hill Autumn Reisling 2015. After a brief introduction by Jane Sam Stephens took to the proverbial podium to present…

It’s all for charity kids!

September for us is so busy this year!  As well as our Penfolds Wine Matching Evening (Wednesday September 7th – click here for more information) Jude is also appearing on the BBC’s Great British Menu all that week, from Monday the 5th, as one of the three chefs representing the South West.  He’s appearing in…

Crack open another bottle!

Wednesday of next week – the 7th of September 2016 – Jude has teamed up with the incredible winery Penfolds to host a special event in Kota Kai. The menu and wine list have been specifically chosen to complement each other for this five course wine matching evening. It’s going to be a fantastic event…

RELISH: South West Second Helping

Today in Ston Easton Park is a celebration! We’re celebrating the launch of Relish South West; Second Helping. This collection of recipes showcases some of creations of some of the finest chefs and restaurants in the South West.  Introduced by Nathan Outlaw every page is bursting with taste bud temptations! We can’t wait to get our hands…

The Good Food Guide – Local Restaurant of the Year

Nominations are now being taken for The Good Food Guide Local Restaurant of the Year Awards 2016. This is a wonderful award that celebrates all the values that we at Kota Kai hold dear to our heart, and Waitrose are asking the public to nominate restaurants that: Are independently run Are owned by the chef…

Hooray for Women and Pies!

Busy week this week isn’t it?! Not only is it National Pie Week, it’s also International Womens Day today. Sounds like a good week to me! Everything is go go go here. Jane is running around like a superstar getting everything ready and ship shape for the grand re-opening of Kota, our lovely fine dining…

What’s On Cornwall Awards – It’s all Terribly Exciting!

Jude is staring intently into the Mirror of Erised and his reflection is waving back with an astonished face and a beaming grin stretching from ear to ear.  All around him people are cheering! Grasped in his hands are two gleaming gold trophies.   He has won the ‘What’s On Cornwall’ Awards for BEST CHEF and for BEST RESTAURANT!…

And so it begins…

The sun has arrived welcoming home JJ&J.  Joe is back at school while Jane and Jude are getting their feet used to being back on Cornish soil.       With an enviable view over the boats swaying in the ebbing tide and the calm deep blue of the Atlantic inviting in the surfers trying…

Homeward Bound

Hang the bunting, light the fire, chill the wine and unlock the door! Porthleven has been far too quiet with out JJ&J over the last few weeks.  Thankfully they are on their way home and we couldn’t be more excited to see them!  There are so many events coming up in months of this year for…