A Newcastle chef who left Gordon Ramsay impressed by her cooking is taking her signature vegan sushi dishes to Jesmond with a kitchen takeover.
Zoe Newman runs Veganatomy at Gateshead’s HKWR Market. All of the dishes on offer at the street food-style venue are both vegan and gluten-free, and Zoe makes everything from scratch including all of her own sauces and toppings.
An unexpected visit from Gordon Ramsay earlier this month left Zoe reeling, after the celebrity chef tried her food and hailed the flavours as “incredible”. And since the stamp of approval from Gordon, she has seen more interest than ever in her dishes.
“I’ve had lots of new customers coming down for the first time to see what it’s all about since Gordon visited,” Zoe said. It’s a fantastic success story for the vegan chef, whose business began during the first Covid lockdown.
Zoe had to find a way to reinvent her business after the host of street food events and festivals lined up for the summer of 2020 were all cancelled. She decided to deliver her food in graze boxes to homes in Heaton instead – the overwhelming feedback was that customers loved her sushi most of all, and the rest is history.
As Veganatomy’s popularity continues to skyrocket, Zoe will be bringing her sushi to The Carriage in Jesmond on Wednesday 3 August as she takes over the vegan pub’s kitchen. The event will be the first in what Zoe hopes will be a series of sushi nights at The Carriage and across the region in the future.
She also recently revamped the Veganatomy menu to offer some new mouth-watering dishes. As well as sushi in the form of spicy uramaki rolls and rainbow futomaki, Zoe also serves up nigiri, banh mi, bento boxes and fried rice pots.
On top of all of that, Zoe is plenty busy enjoying her second busy summer at the HWKR food market. “I love it down here – it’s a really good community,” she says. “Everyone is really supportive of each other.”
The Veganatomy sushi night at The Carriage will take place from 5pm until 9pm on Wednesday. Walk-ins are welcome, but customers are advised to book a table by getting in touch with the Jesmond venue.