Less waste, more taste! Big Zuu opens pop-up restaurant serving reimagined “waste” food ahead of new series airing on UKTV’s Dave and UKTV Play

Big Zuu

12th September 2023

  • Big Zuu launches pop-up restaurant, "Big Zuu's Big Eatery", in London's West End this October
  • Restaurant focuses on turning food waste into gourmet bites inspired by BAFTA-winning series Big Zuu's Big Eats
  • Pop up will be free to general public ahead of the fourth series of Big Zuu's Big Eats on Dave and UKTV Play
  • Set menu includes 3 courses, curated by Big Zuu
  • Big Zuu's Big Eatery will be open on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th October via bookings on Eventbrite

Award-winning TV channel Dave is set to open Big Zuu's Big Eatery this Autumn - a pop-up restaurant featuring ingredients that have been entirely recycled. It intends to highlight the huge amount of food waste ahead of Big Zuu's forthcoming new series Big Zuu's Big Eats on Dave and free streaming service UKTV Play at the end of the month.

On the Friday 5th and Saturday 6th October, Big Zuu's Big Eats will become a restaurant and take over well-known West End food spot, Maison Bab. Big Zuu's Big Eatery, the aptly named pop-up restaurant will coincide with the release of series four of Big Zuu's Big Eats and be open to the public for two nights only, featuring a menu curated by Zuu himself.

The eatery will offer up a 'little eat' followed by a three-course meal inspired by the show to encourage people to rethink their food consumption and waste habits.

The menu is ingeniously crafted to celebrate the UK's most overlooked and underappreciated food products, transforming waste items into gourmet wonders that are packed with irresistible flavour. Everyday ingredients such as cucumbers, bread and cheese are incorporated to create dishes such as "Buffalo" chicken shawarma with blue cheese sauce and apple slaw and salted cod & monkfish croquettes with tzatziki.

Big Zuu said:

You know I'm all about serving up vibes on TV! Well now I'm gassed to bring the vibes from your screens to the streets with my pop-up joint to celebrate the fourth series of Big Zuu's Big Eats! Bored of your leftovers or always throwing food out? We're here to remix tired, bland ingredients and spice 'em up! For two nights only we're dishing out epic bites that are big on flavour and little on waste - come through and let's feast!

The new series of Dave's BAFTA-winning entertainment series Big Zuu's Big Eats sees Big Zuu, Tubsey and Hyder create a range of inspired dishes for highly acclaimed athletes, presenters, comedians, and musicians.

The star-studded celebrity line-up joining Big Zuu, Tubsey and Hyder in the Big Eats HQ this series includes British rapper Aitch, Olympic Gold medallist and marathon champion Sir Mo Farah, and Arsenal football legend turned football commentator Alex Scott. The new series will air on Dave and UKTV Play from Monday 25th September.

How do I get tickets? Tables can be booked on Eventbrite and earn you a 3-course meal plus a free drink. Click on the Eventbrite link here. Tickets go live on Tuesday 12th September at 12:00pm. Organisers say there will be no walk-ins, so book in advance to avoid disappointment.

More about Big Zuu's Big Eats Pop Up

Where is it? Maison Bab, 4 Mercer Walk, London, WC2H 9FA

When does it open? Friday 6th and Saturday 7th October 2023. No walk-ins.

Series one to three of the show are available to watch here on UKTV Play now.

For more information, please contact: Catriona Barnard, catriona.barnard@taylorherring.com


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