Imagine what it would be like to journey back in time to Medieval England and attend one of the incredibly lavish and sumptuous feasts held by the rich and eccentric nobility of the time. Grant King, chef and owner of Sydney restaurant Gastro Park, had to do just that when he was contacted by Warner Brothers and HBO in 2012 to develop a themed dinner to celebrate the DVD release of the first series of the epic fantasy television series “Game of Thrones.”
So successful was the first dinner that that King was asked to develop another themed dinner to celebrate the DVD release of the second series of the show. Once again King has gone to extreme lengths to recreate the “Game of Thrones” experience both visually and gastronimically. What he came up with is a feast for the senses that has to be seen to be believed.
Set in the fictional continents of Westeros and Essos, which are modelled after Medieval England, “Game of Thrones” tells the story of the kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars, lords, and honest men who are drawn into the struggle for the Iron Throne, the seat of kings in the Seven Kingdoms.
For his latest “Game of Thrones” culinary conquest, King has created a dining experience “more majestic that the city of Qarth and as colossal as the Battle of Backwater Bay.” The main set pays homage to the biggest battle in the war of the five kings, the Battle of the Blackwater, and the 5-course menu channels the Medieval England-inspired world of the Westeros, and beyond.
To find out more about his culinary exploits ARTINFO Australia got in touch with Grant King to ask him a few questions.
How did you go about creating a “Game of Thrones” inspired menu?
Watch all the episodes and allowed myself to be inspired by key events in the show
What was the starting point?
Last year Warner bros and HBO contacted me and asked me if I would be interested in doing a themes dinner for the DVD release of the first season of Game in Thrones DVD. I thought it sounded like a fun idea and after watching the series I was hooked.
What are the feature dishes of the meal?
They are all feature dishes and if you have seen the show they will all make sense to you, if you haven’t seen the show it’s still a fun night out. We have for example the Blackwater after-battle beach fire as a main or an edible candle for dessert
In what way do the ingredients and dishes create a “Game of Thrones” experience?
There are a lot of medieval themes for the food, it’s not so different to Medieval England, let’s face it! We create a beach fire at the table which encourages use of other senses. The ingredients are generally quite humble as there was no choice, these were tough days where you would hunt for your food, fussy eaters would have their head chopped off. Only the King could be picky!
Presentation being such an important factor, how did you enhance the visual element of the meal?
By being creative and, for example, serving our main course on an actual beach fire on each table. Everything on the menu is presented in a visually stunning and theatrical manner, it’s important to carry through on this sense of adventure
What can diners expect from the “Game of Thrones” experience?
A unique, fun tasting night out of generous proportions