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Published November 11th 2011
First Kitchen describes itself as "cooking up gourmet food for Londoners to eat on the go." And its founders should know all there is to know about gourmet food, for the guys running the operation have some serious cheffing experience at some of the city's finest eating establishments.

Jun Tanaka, for example, has worked at Le Gavroche, Chez Nico, The Capital, The Square and Les Saveurs, and has even spent some time working under the legendary Marco Pierre White at several of his restaurants.

Mark Jankel, on the other hand, spent two years as head chef of First Restaurant, where he managed five restaurants. He was also head chef at the Notting Hill Brasserie where he helped to win a number of awards for the restaurant.

First Kitchen serves up its tasty grub at lunchtimes on weekdays. The small menu is constantly changing, but at the time of writing included such delightful sounding dishes, such as roasted sugar pumpkin with warm crushed potatoes, pickled red onions, mustard leaves, Old Winchester cheese and basil vinaigrette for 5.50, and grilled plaice with roasted beetroot, mustard leaves, warm smokey crushed potatoes and horseradish dressing for 7.50. For those with a sweet tooth, there's a yoghurt mousse with poached pear and walnut crumble priced at 3.50.

You'll find First Kitchen dishing up its posh nosh at two locations in the capital. The Airstream is in Broadgate Circle (enter Broadgate Circle from Eldon Street or Liverpool Street station and you'll find The Airstream at the top of the stairs).

The Hatch can be found at 33 Parkgate Road, next to Ransome's Dock.

Jun and Mark take great pride in First Kitchen's ever-changing menu. "We believe that a seasonally evolving menu differentiates us from any other street food vendor and although we can't guarantee the contents of our boxes until the day before, we can guarantee that they will be delicious and only contain UK produce," they say on the First Kitchen website.

If you work in the City or in Battersea, or find yourself nearby, First Kitchen might be just the place for grabbing some tasty lunch of the gourmet variety.

[Images courtesy of First Kitchen website.]
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Why? It might be one of the tastiest lunches you ever have.
When: The Airstream: 11.30am to 2:30pm. The Hatch: Midday to 2pm
Where: Two locations - see articles for details.
Cost: 3.50 to 7.50 per dish.
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