James Sharman is a renowned British chef who has been running a pop-up series called One Star House Party with the aim to host dinners in 20 countries over 20 months. After successfully holding pop-ups in Beijing in China, Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam and Bangkok in Thailand in last couple of months, the team was in Nepal in December to host a dinner for 15 adventurous foodies from around the world on top of the world.
The 25-year-old former Noma chef was accompanied by his team of four chefs along with Suraj Pradhan, a Sydney based Nepali chef. The team didn’t have a fixed menu before they arrived in Nepal as they had planned to research about Nepali food from the local eateries here and then plan and prepare the menu. According to Pradhan, the team who didn’t have much idea about Nepali cuisine before were very impressed by the different varieties and tastes.
A team of around 3 dozen people that had chefs, guests, Sherpas and guides hiked to the Everest Base Camp to hold the special dinner on 18th December. The authentic Nepali menu with some special touch by the international chefs was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone in the team. But it wasn’t at all a cakewalk for them as they had a tough time not only reaching the base camp but while returning as well. They were stuck in Lukla for two days because of the bad weather until they had to charter a helicopter to get back to Kathmandu. No matter what challenges they had to face to make it happen, it would be a dinner they would remember for the rest of their lives for quite a lot of good reasons for sure.
Watch the video here to see how it all went down.