ELLORY x EIGHTYSIX LIST: SUNDAY SESSION
Ellory was happy to welcome 86 List for an evening of upcoming hospitality talent from the lovely Natalia Ribbe-Szrok. This time Natalia chose London based couple; Paolo Lancini & Ellen McDougal.
Paolo hails from Italy where he started cooking at the age of 17, working in high and low end restaurants in his hometown of Lombardy. After working his way up to sous chef at 22, Paolo left to explore the vast restaurant land of London. Since arriving, he has spent time Upstairs at The Ten Bells, staging throughout the city and currently calls Peckham's lauded Mediterranean haunt - Artusi, home. For his menu with Eighty Six List, we see him draw influence from both Italy and England, using his imagination to curate unique dishes utilising the best of what is in season.
Pairing the wines on the night was Ellen, who after a short stint in the corporate world found herself in a restaurant. It all started Upstairs at The Ten Bells (so it seems something else was started there...) and it wasn't long before the spark was lit. She followed Upstairs with a stint at 10 Cases before moving to Lyle's, where she fell head over heels for minimal intervention wines and small production vineyards. She says 'It's the stories behind the wine, the families working together and the risks individuals take to produce wines full of love, made with care and unique characteristics' which draw her to wine.