Acclaimed chef Adam Handling has revealed he’ll be opening a new restaurant in Chelsea, promising a luxurious take on zero-waste dining.
A restaurant, champagne bar and sustainability hub, Ugly Butterfly is set to open on The King’s Road on 13 November. It’s a collaboration between Adam Handling, Cadogan, Quintessentially Foundation and The Felix Project, a London-based charity which collects surplus food and delivers it to local charities and primary schools to help feed vulnerable people.
The menu will feature a selection of dishes made from the parts of ingredients that are usually discarded as waste, focusing particularly on the four most-wasted foods: bread, milk, eggs and bananas. Creations include deboned crispy fried chicken feet with caviar, banana bread and chicken butter, lobster shell soup, broccoli stalk caesar salad, and reformed doughnuts made with leftover bread and overripe fruit jam.
‘This is such an exciting collaboration,’ said Adam. ‘Across my restaurants and bars we have a strong commitment to achieving zero waste and in setting up Ugly Butterfly, we can help to move the sustainability agenda forward even further by bringing together the pioneers in sustainable food and drink, fashion, business, furnishings, technology, arts and crafts and giving them a home for some really interesting discussions.’
Ugly Butterfly will be open from lunch time until the late evening from Wednesday to Sunday. It will also function as a hub for sustainability initiatives, hosting talks from the likes of the Harwood Arms co-owner Mike Robinson and Steve Bannatyne of The Wood Store.
‘1.9 million tonnes of avoidable food waste is generated by the UK food industry each year,’ said the Quintessentially Foundation’s chairman Ben Elliot. ‘At the same time, food poverty is a huge and growing problem. Almost four million children in the UK live in households that struggle to afford to buy enough fruit, vegetables, fish and other healthy foods.’
Ugly Butterfly will add to Adam’s ever-growing collection of sustainable-focused London ventures, which include Old Street coffee and beer shop Bean & Wheat and his flagship Covent Garden restaurant Frog by Adam Handing.