Published 24 October 2022
by Alice Hale
Credit: Cristian Barnett
The chef Simon Rogan has teamed up with photographer Cristian Barnett to create One Dish, a book celebrating 20 years of Rogan’s flagship restaurant L’Enclume in Cartmel, The Lake District. Beginning with forwards from the Rogan and Barnett, the book follows a single dish through the various stages of its construction. The dish in question is a brined gem lettuce, roasted and garnished with hen-of-the-wood, with a sauce made from fermented mushroom juice and a warm emulsion of elderflower vinegar.
To produce the book, Rogan and his team braced the elements, swapping the walls of his restaurant for the mesmeric scenery of the Cartmel Valley. Rogan said the series not only pays homage to his cooking and the restaurant’s surrounds, but also the chefs and kitchen porters, receptionists and cleaners who fuel the operation.
One Dish contains 17 photos and involves 42 members of staff. The pictures document daily life at the restaurant, capturing day-to-day work and simple tasks – setting tables, washing up – and are framed by the backdrop of The Lakes.
Rogan told CODE: ‘It’s a fun and funky celebration of our twenty-year anniversary, which not only pays homage to our surroundings but also brings our team to the forefront who don’t normally get the credit they deserve.’
He added: ‘I want to thank our team for all their hard work and everything they give to make L’Enclume the ever-evolving, memorable place that it is for so many. I’d also like to think of it as a starting point for our next twenty years.’
Barnett added: ‘The simple premise for the One Dish project was to celebrate the team, these extraordinary people and give them centre stage along with the stunning landscapes of the South Lakes. And not just the people who are often the face of the restaurant but the kitchen porter, the receptionists and accountant, the handyman and the marketing team.’
One Dish is available to pre-order from the Simon Rogan website.
The collection of images will also be displayed at a one-off exhibition in London in 2023.