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Chef’s Recipe : Chestnut Risotto from Theo Randall at Intercontinental Park Lane

18th Dec 2019

We ask Theo Randall, Restaurant Proprietor, Chef, Writer and TV Personality how to make this great little winter warmer of Chestnut Risotto.

When chestnuts come into season, this is always the first thing I make with them. They have a starchy sweet taste that goes really well with pancetta and rosemary (always use fresh rosemary! Theo Randall

Chestnut Risotto – serves 4 as a starter


  • 1 tbsp chopped red onion
  • 1 tbsp chopped celery
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 75g pancetta cubes 
  • 1 tsp chopped rosemary, plus extra to garnish
  • 200g Carnaroli risotto rice
  • 1 litre hot, fresh chicken stock 
  • 100g vacuum-packed peeled cooked chestnuts, finely chopped
  • 2 shots of brandy 
  • 75g unsalted butter
  • 100g Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • Freshly ground black pepper


In a large heavy-based saucepan soften the onion and celery in the olive oil with the pancetta and rosemary over a low heat. Add the rice and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes until translucent.


Turn up the heat and start adding the hot stock, little by little, stirring continuously and letting each addition be absorbed before adding more. After about 15 minutes, add the chestnuts and brandy, then continue adding the stock and cooking for 5 minutes. When cooked the rice should still have a bite but no crunch.


Add the butter and Parmesan and season with black pepper, then stir until the risotto is creamy. Serve hot, garnished with a few picked rosemary tips.


Don’t fancy cooking? We heartily recommend Theo Randall at Intercontinental Park Lane. He elevates simple yet robust flavours of classic Italian dishes to award winning heights using premium and seasonal produce. Dine with the Luxury Restaurant Club and enjoy a glass of fizz on the house, see details. Download the free Luxury Restaurant Guide app here, the UK’s foremost fine dining association, and follow steps to join the club.

1 Hamilton Place, Park Lane, London W1J 7QY

Theo Randall at Intercontinental Park Lane, One Hamilton Place, Park Lane, London W1J 7QY

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