A company that delivers on al-desko dining
‘I WAS TOO SHORT to be considered for a security job at Wimbledon, but because I was keen to get another position at the tournament they gave me a role waitressing. I hated it though!’ Such was Lindsay Warshaw’s inauspicious entry into the restaurant industry, aged 18. Fed up with working front of house, she was drawn to the busy kitchen and to observing, and assisting, the chefs. Over the next 10 years Warshaw developed her skills under Gordon Ramsay, relocating to America with his restaurant group. In Miami it was ‘really easy ’ to eat well, she tells me; back (since 2014) in the UK, and spending ‘long hours in an office’, Warshaw admits she was ‘eating anything I could lay my hands on’ – and it wasn’t healthy.
How to break the monotonous desk-lunch routine and lose a bit of weight? Warshaw launched her own company to answer just that question, and now delivers daily meals – squash with baked egg, almond pan cakes with maple syrup, roast chicken with parsnip mas hand beetroot–to addresses around London.
Despite the emphasis on fitness aims (there are meal plans to achieve fat loss or muscle gain, offering different ratios of carbohydrate and protein), the dishes are surprisingly substantial. Throw in a few granola balls or a cold-pressed juice ( beetroot, berries and apple is especially good for the sweet-toothed), and there’s little temptation to resort to a canteen sandwich. ‘Lots of our customers are fitness fans,’ says Warshaw, ‘but a larger proportion are simply people stuck at their desk sand looking for inspiration.’
From £15.50 a day (bespokeofficefuel.com)