One of Cardiff’s most talented chefs is set to open an intimate 12-seat pop-up restaurant in the upstairs dining room of Pontcanna’s Cafe Milkwood.
Lee Skeet, who trained under Marcus Wareing, Tom Aikens and Gordon Ramsay and previously headed up the kitchen at Michelin-starred restaurant Hedone, will open 40 days, 40 nights on Monday, October 25. He will cook for 40 days and nights until Thursday, December 23.
40 days, 40 nights comes hot on the heels of Lee’s sell-out run of Bones supper clubs which were held at his Cardiff Bay flat and saw him cook for one table, each service accompanied by a hip hop soundtrack.
Lee’s runaway success over the last 12 months is a big turnaround for the Devon-born chef who’s been through some dark times since he was the victim of a hit and run accident in May 2017.
Following his accident, Lee spent three years away from the kitchen to focus on his recovery and also worked in hip hop music promotion. His return to the kitchen last year only happened out of necessity.
When asked why he was now looking for a bigger space to cook in, Lee said: “I think I've outgrown what I was doing. I'm getting a bit older now so I feel like I've got some unfinished business with cooking because I was doing alright when I stopped a few years ago. I felt a bit held back in the flat because of the amount of customers I could cook for and also because it's not properly recognised as a restaurant. So, it's the natural time to move on.”
A number of familiar dishes will appear on the menu of 40 days, 40 nights including steamed savoury custard flavoured with bone marrow and seaweed, and turbot wrapped in courgette with peas, apple and butter sauce. He also plans to introduce new dishes to the menu as and when he thinks of new ideas.
40 days, 40 nights will serve a six-course tasting menu with canapes for £70 per person that is bookable online. It will typically open for dinner on Monday to Saturday and lunch from Thursday to Saturday.