Queen Elizabeth State Dinner Starter

Cured Wild Burren Smoked Salmon cream and Lemon balm jelly, Horseradish and wild Watercress with Kilkenny organic cold pressed Rapeseed oil

171Chapter-One-QE-2-salmon-starter-140x145Ross Lewis, head chef at Chapter One restaurant in Dublin, was awarded the most sought-after gig in town in culinary terms when he was chosen to create some of the menu for the Queen’s banquet during her state visit. High-profile guests at the event at Dublin Castle on 18 May 2011, including former President Mary McAleese, British prime minister David Cameron, Cecelia Ahern, Brian O’Driscoll and Amy Huberman, were treated to a lavish selection of dishes that were representative of Ireland, and were made with the best of high-quality Irish produce.

Here the Michelin-starred chef shares with us the exact menu from that momentous banquet, so that you can recreate the starter for the State Dinner in the comfort of your own home!

If you want to know what was going on behind the scenes from the Burren Smokehouse perspective, read the up to now unpublished story that brings together Queen Elizabeth II, our wild salmon and buyer with Dean & Deluca, Diane Stopford!


1 side of Burren smoked Wild Salmon

1.125 l water
200g rock salt
400g sugar
15g black peppercorns
10g star anise
5 cloves
4 juniper berries
½ tbsp white wine vinegar
1 bunch coriander
1 fennel bulb, finely sliced

Boil all ingredients except for the fennel. Add sliced fennel to the heat and leave to infuse. When cold, place salmon in the solution and leave to marinade uncovered in a fridge for 24 hours to dry. When marinated cut 8 half inch cubes from the thick part of the salmon.


150g Wild Burren Smoked Salmon
200g crème fraîche

Bring crème fraîche to the boil with the trimmings and skin of the smoked salmon. Cool and pass through a sieve. Place in a Pacojet with trimmed smoked salmon and freeze. When frozen, blend and fold in a further 150/200g of crème fraîche.

1 tsp lemon juice
½ tsp tabasco
4 pinches smoked paprika
Salt and pepper


200g celery
1 clove garlic
200ml white wine
50 ml white wine vinegar
2 l still mineral water
300g fennel
10g ginger
2 star anise
30 black peppercorns
1 tbsp of lemon puree
200g lemon balm
200g lemon verbena
8 leaves of gelatin to 1 litre of liquid

Bring all ingredients together and cover. Simmer for 40 minutes on a low heat. Pass onto 200g of lemon verbena and 200g of lemon balm. Leave to infuse for 2 to 3 hours while covered. Pass through a muslin and set with gelatin.


200g good quality crème fraîche
1 tbsp horseradish puree
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
Pinch of salt

Whisk the crème fraîche and add the horseradish and vinegar just before it gets to a stiff peak. Put into a small plastic bottle.


500g watercress
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
300ml single cream, reduced by half
Salt and pepper

Blanch and refresh watercress, squeeze as much water out as possible in a paper towel. Freeze in pacojet container. When frozen, pour in the reduced cream and season with the Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Pass through a sieve. Put in a small plastic bottle.


20 small shallot or grelotte onion rings
20 slices of radish

200 ml apple vinegar brought to the boil with
- 50g of sugar
- 2/3 generous pinches of salt
Leave the vegetables to marinade for 2 hours in the pickling solution.


Chive Flowers & Organic Rapeseed Oil

Place 25g of wild smoked salmon cream into a consommé bowl and cover with 100ml of lemon balm jelly. Chill for 3-4 hours. Garnish with 2 cubes of cured salmon, 3 radish and 3 onion rings, 3 dots of horseradish cream and 3 dots of watercress puree. Then place 5 or 6 chive flowers and 1 tspn of cold pressed rapeseed oil. Bon appetit!


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