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Brett goes Head to Head
Last week I found out that I’m one of three finalists in the Best Chef category in the Dorset Food & Drink Awards 2011. I’m up against Mark Hammick, from the Gaggle of Geese in Buckland Newton and Matt Follas from The Wild Garlic in Beaminister. We have to wait until January to find out who has won the overall title and as we’re all ‘pals’ there is plenty of friendly banter going on!
I’m chuffed to have made it to the final three along with Mark and Matt, but whoever takes the title it will be good for food lovers in Dorset! I’ve spent seven years building up relationships with suppliers and producers in Dorset and plenty of time out in the hedgerows and woods foraging for superb ingredients too. It’s great to have a chance to talk about the local growers, farmers and producers as I work with them every step of the way. I want the best flavours on the plate so I have pigs reared for The Eastbury and my fruit and veg man talks to me about what I need each season - without their support and enthusiasm I don’t think I would have been nominated for this award, so if I win it will be for all my fantastic producers as well, so please wish us luck!
Our top boys…
Three of our chefs have reached the finals of the South West Chef of the Year 2011, taking half of the six professional finalists’ positions in Taste of the West’s competition.
This is an amazing result for our small team of chefs to have three reach the final is such a boost and it shows the level of commitment to local food that runs through our entire team. Arran and Ben are young chefs but they have a vast amount of knowledge of local producers and Brett is a superb teacher who has instilled his passion for local sourcing in all of our team.
The South West Chef of the Year final will be held on Saturday 12th November at Exeter College, and we will have our fingers and toes crossed!
Ben was successful last year in the same competition winning both the Young Professional category and Professionals category in the same year and Arran was a runner up in the competition in 2009 so we have very high hopes for all three of our boys this time around.
The Sherborne gold rush
We’re celebrating after scooping Gold Awards for both The Eastbury Hotel and The Three Wishes in this year’s Taste of the West Hospitality Awards.
We won Gold for our Restaurant at The Eastbury last year and we were determined to do it again this year. Our philosophy has always been about serving the freshest, seasonal, local produce in a way that allows the flavour of each ingredient to shine and that is something that we have strived to recreate at The Three Wishes over the past year and it’s worked!
People have come to expect a certain standard in the sourcing of local and regional produce within fine dining restaurants, but we have been determined to use all our producer contacts to offer a fantastic dining experience at The Three Wishes as well we don’t see any need to compromise. Cafe food can be just as memorable as a fine dining experience and I am ecstatic that the judges have recognised this.
Keep Sherborne Tidy………
We’re extremely proud of our beautiful little town, and we want to help to keep it looking as pretty as possible - one way to do this is to make sure litter finds its way into a conveniently placed bin, rather than the pavement. That’s why a group of Sherborne businesses including The Eastbury, got together and agreed to sponsor our own bins you can see our bin in the picture! Now there will be lots more bins placed throughout the town in potential ‘litter hot-spots’ to make sure Sherborne is kept nice and tidy. Look out for our very own Eastbury bin just outside the train station.
Young stars at The Eastbury
Our 19 year old Chef Ben Champkin, recently took part in the Dorset Young Seafood Master Chef Challenge as part of the Dorset Seafood Festival in Weymouth and won!
Ben, who was crowned South West Chef of the Year by Michael Caines MBE in Exeter last year, can now add this trophy to his growing collection. The live cook-off in front of the Weymouth crowds was judged by renowned local Chef Mark Hix, and in the photo you can see Mark congratulating Ben on his achievement. You can taste Ben’s winning dish of roasted sea bass, warm lobster, broad beans, pea fricassee and clear tomato essence on your next visit to The Eastbury, as it is becoming a firm favourite on our dinner menu!