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Pan Roast Halibut, Confit Artichokes, Pickled Grape, Almond, Fennel Broth

By Ruth Hansom, previous winner of Young National Chef of the Year, star of BBC Two’s Million Pound Menu and head chef at Pomona, Notting Hill


  1. Halibut- Prep the Halibut and portion into 170g pieces. Save any trim for staff/goujons. Season and seal the halibut in oil on the side removed from the bone, turn over add 10g butter, 10g water and a sprig of rosemary. Cook in oven for around 5 mins at 180c. Baste.
  2. Artichokes (Batch) - Peel and slice 1kg to 1cm thick. Vac pack with 100ml rapeseed oil, 10g salt and 1 sprig of thyme. Steam for around 20 mins or until just soft. Chill . To Serve, cook in foaming butter.
  3. Fennel Broth- Chop and sweat 1 large fennel, 1 white onion, 1 stick celery, 10g ginger, 1 stick of lemon grass and one red chilli. Add 3 star anise and 10 cardamom pods. When soft, add 200ml white wine and reduce, add 500ml chicken stock and reduce.Add 1 litre of double cream and leave to infuse for half an hour. Pass and adjust accordingly – White Balsamic, lemon juice, salt, sugar, butter.
  4. Green Oil (Batch) - Pick one bunch of chervil and one bunch of parsley. Place in the blender with 800ml of rapeseed oil. Blend at 60c for 5 minutes . Pass through muslin in a bowl over ice.
  5. Pickled Grape- Boil 100ml white wine vinegar, 100ml water and 100g sugar. Pour over 200g sliced red grapes and chill.