Balvenie airs final Craftsmen’s Dinner series

9th July, 2018 by Melita Kiely

Single malt whisky producer The Balvenie has released the final series of The Craftsmen’s Dinner, hosted by Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux Jr.

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Michel Roux Jr takes inspiration from the people behind the whisky for the final The Craftsmen’s Dinner series

Each episode in the four-part series, which can be viewed on the brand’s YouTube channel, is hosted at The Balvenie Distillery in Scotland and depicts Roux Jr finding inspiration from the people who make the whisky.

The famous chef spent a week at the distillery for the series, where he met John Evans, maltman at The Balvenie; George Singer, coppersmith at The Balvenie; and Kelsey McKechnie, whiskey technologist at The Balvenie, who each have an episode dedicated to their roles.

The fourth episode showcases the three-course Craftsmen’s Dinner at The Balvenie House.

“We live in an increasingly fast-paced world, technology is thriving and amazing innovations result from this, but craft is one thing I believe will never be replaced by machines,” said Roux Jr.

“A human touch and staying true to your roots is important and once you understand the level of commitment that goes into making The Balvenie, you will begin to understand what makes it so great.”

Roux Jr’s menu for the dinner included fermented barley miso, roasted venison smoked with woodchips from the casks in the cooperage, and passion fruit soufflé with white chocolate ice cream, served in copper pots created by Singer.

Alwynn Gwilt, The Balvenie UK brand ambassador, said: “[Michel’s] dedication to cuisine mirrors our dedication to perfection in whisky making.

“The final series, set at our spiritual home during the beauty of winter, really brings to life the commitment, hard work and dedication of our skilled craftspeople who make The Balvenie the best it can be all the year round.”

Click the link below to view the trailer for The Craftsmen’s Dinner series.

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