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Spitalfields Smokehouse Hotbox welcomes back Executive Head Chef Lewis Spencer

HotBox are thrilled to announce the return of Lewis Spencer who re-joins the company this month as Executive Head Chef. Having been a key element in the development of the HotBox brand from its street food roots back in 2012, Lewis’ return signals a shift in focus towards HotBox all-fire cooking roots. Lewis is joining ahead of refurbishments taking place on the restaurant’s interior, as well as an update to the much-loved menu. Details to follow early next month. 

HotBox is a modern smokehouse with a collective effort to source the best possible ingredients – with Lewis’ return bringing a renewed focus on provenance and quality. His food centres around low and slow meat cookery, with classics such as pork ribs and wood-fired chicken being key elements on the menu. Side dishes will also take center stage, with dishes like charred pointed cabbage with olive oil & cider spritz benefitting from the char and smokey flavour of the grill. 

 Lewis Spencer, Executive Head Chef at HotBox on cooking with fire, “Today’s commercial cooking equipment has tamed the flame and reduced our interaction with ingredients and how fire changes them. Smoke and flame help to enhance our ingredients in a brilliant and mesmerising way, this method of cooking gives a deeper understanding of the process.  Vegetables are showcased in the same light as meat, cooked using a variety of barbecue methods, creating bold, colourful and contrasting flavours all with a splash of spice.

 Our outlook towards food provenance is far more considered than it used to be. I pay a lot of attention to sourcing ingredients with an ethical eye and to ensuring that responsible and sustainable products are at the core of our offering.”

 Basit Nasim, Founder of HotBox says “It’s so exciting to have Lewis back in the HotBox kitchen. He was the creative force behind our street food beginnings, and will now lead the team so a more seasonal offering focussed on provenance. We can’t wait for our doors to finally reopen.”

 HotBox reopens its doors on 18th May and bookings are now open via the website. | @hotboxldn | 46-48 Commercial St, Spitalfields, London E1 6LT

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