Marks & Spencer goes festive with the help of Nick Alvis & Scott Price
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Nothing beats the taste of a delicious Christmas dinner – and this year, Marks & Spencer is showing us how to do it in true style – but with a modern British twist.
The brand has collaborated with two of Dubai’s most renowned, award-winning chefs, Nick Alvis and Scott Price, owners of folly by Nick & Scott and Verve Bar & Brasserie. Together they have created a mouth-watering Christmas menu, using only the finest ingredients from the Marks & Spencer foodhall.
The Gordon Ramsay-trained chefs, who cumulatively have more than 20 years of culinary experience, created seven, delicious festive-inspired dishes, which were unveiled to guests during a private event.
The menu offered Christmas staples such as roast chicken, beef and lamb alongside Yorkshire puddings – with the recipes featured in an exclusive video campaign, starring Nick & Scott. The series which will air from November across Marks & Spencer’s social media channels, including Instagram, Facebook and YouTube is a must-watch for anyone looking for some seasonal cooking inspiration from regionally-based chefs this holiday.
This is not just any food – this is Marks & Spencer Christmas food and the recipes highlighted in the video, shine light on the range of high-quality ingredients available in store, whilst emphasising the importance of sourcing the right produce that shoppers will love – and better still, from the comfort of their own home, by simply following Nick and Scott’s expert guidance.
At the event, guests dined on delicious roast chicken, beef and lamb, featuring Marks & Spencer’s certified halal fresh protein which has been specially sourced from United Kingdom and New Zealand. And for the vegetarians in the house, Nick & Scott created their own special sweet potato nut roast once again using only Marks & Spencer ingredients. While braised red cabbage and Nick & Scott’s specially made festive slaw made for tasty sides.
Nick Alvis and Scott Price said of the partnership:
“When Marks & Spencer approached us to work with them on their Christmas recipes this year, we were immediately excited. It feels like an obvious fit, particularly with us both being British. Marks & Spencer has always stood for high quality ingredients and fantastic produce and that’s what we’re passionate about too.
We love that for them, like us, it’s not just about the ingredients – it’s about the story behind them, where they came from and how they were sourced. For the recipes, we wanted to offer a nod to Christmas tradition while adding our own twist “think a festive brine for the chicken, rosemary rub for the lamb and a zesty red cabbage slaw.”
Sahar Milani, Head of Marketing MENA & SEA of Marks & Spencer added:
“With the countdown now on to the most wonderful time of the year, Marks & Spencer is proud to host their first ever regional festive dinner in collaboration with Nick & Scott. The menu was conceptualised by the duo and features mouth-watering roasts that have been created with Marks & Spencer ingredients from our food stores in the UAE”.
“Working with them was a perfect fit as they appreciate great quality produce, share our passion for attention to detail, and value the provenance of ingredients. We’re excited to bring a wider range of new festive treats to the market this year as well and the event is a perfect way to premier those delicious new creations that the whole family can enjoy. Our Made Without range sees gluten free bite sized shortcrust pastry mince pies, and Christmas cakes, which are guaranteed to satisfy any sweet craving. For those looking for vegan-friendly options, the Plant Kitchen 6 Lattice Mince Pies are a great alternative.”
Marks & Spencer’s products are available in Marks & Spencer foodhalls in Dubai, including Dubai Festival City Mall, Marina Walk, Ibn Battuta, The Springs Souk and Mall of the Emirates.