Chef Helio Fenerich, Nigella Lawson’s “favourite chef”, launches Helio’s Cantina at The Institute of Light.

Helio welcomes autumn a comprehensive menu of Mediterranean Rustic grounded in the eternal elegance and simplicity of Italian regional cuisine with highlights from Spain, France, Portugal and North Africa.

Our Mediterranean Rustic menu available now

Combining timeless ingredients and robust presentation Helio’s Cantina responds seasonally to produce and utilises herbs and spices from our own roof garden to bring a new and original take on London’s love affair with Euro – Gastro.

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To book a table, call us on 0207 249 6919, email eat@the-institute-of-light.com or use the link below.

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IOL’s head chef HF arrived in London from São Paulo in the 90’s and quickly established himself as a chef, learning and drawing inspiration from River Café founder Ruth Rogers – with whom he worked for more than 15 years – she helped develop his passion for rustic Mediterranean flavours. Known for a repertoire of elegant yet hearty recipes, his fans include TV chef Nigella Lawson who called him ‘the best cook I know’. His menus capture the charisma and bold flavours of Italy, France and Spain, and he is especially well known for his sweets, cakes and desserts, having recently published a cookbook in his native Brazil entitled Minha Doce Vida – my sweet life.