Take a look at Black Axe Mangal's fiery launch party

London chef Lee Tiernan drew down some of the city’s brightest culinary stars to his cookbook launch
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Black Axe Mangal's Lee Tiernan with drag act Miss Ava Cardo  at the Black Axe Mangal launch party at the Bethnal Green Working Men's Club, London. All photos by James Mason.
Black Axe Mangal's Lee Tiernan with drag act Miss Ava Cardo at the Black Axe Mangal launch party at the Bethnal Green Working Men's Club, London. All photos by James Mason.

Its influences might come from all over the globe, but Lee Tiernan’s Black Axe Mangal – with its open-fire cooking, underused ingredients, colourful crowd and bold aesthetic – is a distinctly London restaurant.

 

Fergus Henderson (left) Alethea Palmer (centre) and Angela Angela Hartnett (right)
Fergus Henderson (left) Alethea Palmer (centre) and Angela Angela Hartnett (right)

So when Tiernan came to launch his cookbook, Black Axe Mangal, last night at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club in the East End of the city, a rainbow spectrum of London's best talent – culinary and otherwise – turned out to wish him well.

 

Lee Tiernan (left) with Angela Hartnett (centre) and Neil Brothwick (right)
Lee Tiernan (left) with Angela Hartnett (centre) and Neil Brothwick (right)

Some of the city’s greatest chefs, including Fergus and Margot Henderson (St John, Rochelle Canteen) Angela Hartnett (Murano), and Neil Brothwick (The French House), were joined by equally noteworthy pros, such as Freddie Janssen of Snackbar, Maria K-Georgiou and Rhiannon Butler from Mam Sham, and others from Lyle’s, Brat, The Marksman, The Laughing Heart, and Tartine, to party alongside other prominent East London faces such as the fashion designer Peter Pilotto, and online influencers including Clerkenwell Boy, Todd Lamming, and Kieran Cavanagh and Marcus Adams from the Taste Cadets.

 

Kitty Travers (left) of La Grotta Ices and Freddie Janssen (right) of Snackbar
Kitty Travers (left) of La Grotta Ices and Freddie Janssen (right) of Snackbar

Together they enjoyed a special Black Axe Mangal-style lamb offal pizza, prepared by local outlet Yard Sale, as well drag acts, including the appropriately entitled Miss Ava Cardo (firm, ripe, and definitely not smashed) as well as a fair amount of drinking and dancing.

 

Lee Tiernan with his parents Moira and Patrick Tiernan at the Black Axe Mangal launch party at the Bethnal Green Working Men's Club, London
Lee Tiernan with his parents Moira and Patrick Tiernan at the Black Axe Mangal launch party at the Bethnal Green Working Men's Club, London

Tiernan, resplendent in a camouflage-print Polo Sport tracksuit, even welcomed his mum and dad along, who were clearly very proud to see their son do so well.

 

Kieran Cavanagh (centre) from The Taste Cadets
Kieran Cavanagh (centre) from The Taste Cadets

What’s his recipe for success? Well, there isn’t one, there’s many. And you can find out about them all in his new book Black Axe Mangal.

 

The Black Axe Mangal launch party at the Bethnal Green Working Men's Club
The Black Axe Mangal launch party at the Bethnal Green Working Men's Club

This, the restaurant’s first cookbook, brings together Tiernan’s signature recipes - including Pig's Cheek and Prune Doughnuts, Squid Ink Flatbreads with Smoked Cod’s Roe and Shrimp-encrusted Pigs' Tails - along with step-by-step instructions for the three fundamentals of Black Axe Mangal cooking: bread, smoking and grilling; as GQ puts it "you won’t find a more exciting, and excitable, cookbook”. Order your copy here.

 

The Black Axe Mangal launch party at the Bethnal Green Working Men's Club
The Black Axe Mangal launch party at the Bethnal Green Working Men's Club

 

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