Our 2015 Year of Beauty season has been made that much more special by our year-long collaboration with Shannon Bennett’s stable of spectacular restaurants and marvellously creative chefs. To top off this series of made-in-heaven matches between our 2015 ballets and the dishes they inspired, we took Principal Artist Lana Jones – who will shortly dance Aurora in the global premiere of David McAllister’s The Sleeping Beauty – to Bennett’s Burnham Beeches, where the Deco mansion awaits its transformation into a luxury hotel. Where better for Aurora to roam in her dream, running her fingertips along the bannisters, fluttering amongst the mountain flowers?
A princess wanders a sleeping mansion, wondering when it will wake …Lana Jones. Photography Kate Longley
Atop the dessert is a tempered disc of Valrhona chocolate, feather-touched with gold dust – a reflection of Gabriela Tylesova’s lavish design for The Sleeping Beauty. It’s adorned with a quenelle of lavender sorbet, made with flowers from the Piggery’s garden, its delicate colour evoking the presence of the Lilac Fairy.Aurora’s Kiss. Photography Kate Longley
When Joel rings the disc with a Valrhona chocolate caramel, it melts to reveal what is “sleeping” beneath – a scrumptious crumbling of Shannon Bennett’s signature pistachio cupcake and a rich Valrhona mousse. The melting, the swooning fall into a sweet harmonious union – Joel was inspired by the love story at the heart of The Sleeping Beauty.Aurora’s Kiss. Photography Kate Longley
Many thanks to Lana for embodying Spring, Photographer Kate Longley for capturing the loveliness and especially to Joel, the staff at the Piggery, Shannon Bennett and all his chefs for making our Year of Beauty also a Year of Deliciousness.Photography Kate Longley