“Coming from a large, isolated farming background in the North Island of New Zealand my passion, understanding and knowledge of food grew out of being part of a family where the natural way of life meant that we grew, nurtured and butchered everything we put on the table. Even as a toddler I would help my mother and grandmother cook for the family. Today, I still have the same enthusiasm to create wholesome food using only the best local ingredients, whilst combining them with inspirations I have picked up during my travels around the world.
This lifelong appreciation has meant I have always wanted to create places to stay and eat that I would like and people would want to go to again and again. I am constantly thinking about the food we serve, the look of the bars and restaurants – every little detail; adding bits all the time from my travels and experiences. With the support of my colleagues, wife, family and friends, I have come so far in achieving my dreams but there is still a long way to go.
Being a Master Chef has also given me the opportunity to produce a couple of successful television series. I recently visited Greenland and had the chance to cook some amazing dishes using fantastic, traditional Greenlandic ingredients for a forthcoming series.
Relax! The Crown Hotel is about to become even more dog friendly than before!
From Tuesday 1st March 2016, dogs will be permitted to accompany their owners in The Chancery Room (the dining room immediately to your left as you walk into the hotel) as well as the two front bars (The Smoke Room and The Panel Room).
Furthermore, two of the […]
I was very humbled recently to be chosen as the recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award at the Eastern Daily Press Food & Drink Awards 2014.
To say I was shocked is the understatement of the year. I was completely and utterly stunned. But once I’d recovered from temporary speechlessness my next emotion was one of great pride.
I’d travelled to the […]
The last weekend in August saw the fifth staging of the North Norfolk Food & Drink Festival and I’m immensely proud at what this superb event has become.
More than 11,500 people came to Holkham Hall over the two days of the festival this year and I think I can safely say it is going from strength to strength.
Fortunately, the threatened […]
Every great hotel needs a great wine list – and that means keeping on top of developments in the world of viticulture via a top wine aficionado.
My font of all knowledge when it comes to wine is Jamie Aram – the man I turn to in order to ensure the cellars of The Crown and The Ship are stocked with […]
Ok, so I’ve gone into apiary. My good friend Arthur Howell has been mithering me for ages to keep bees. He’s been doing it for years and his father did it before him.
After years of listening to Arthur telling me I’m mad not to try and produce my own honey I’ve finally seen the light and decided to have a […]
When you’re drinking Pimm’s you know it’s summer.
Chances are your first taste of Pimm’s will come in July, and be served to you from a pitcher at your local pub or restaurant.
But the best way to drink it is to make your own. It’s so easy, and the results are so delicious.
Pimm’s always reminds me of Wimbledon, and specifically last […]
The organisers of the Royal Norfolk Show have surpassed themselves again. What a truly fantastic event it is – just how do they manage to make it bigger and better every year? My good buddy Arthur Howell and I went to the show to perform one of our demonstrations at Mary Kemp’s Cookery Theatre in the Food Hall on the […]
Elderflower cordial is a refreshing and delicious drink, yet so few people seem to make their own. Elderflower grows in hedgerows along the sides of fields, but you may be lucky enough to have them in your garden. Don’t miss out on this early summer treat – pick them now while they’re still available and get making cordial!
2½ kgs of […]
I recently had the good fortune to make another appearance at one of Mary Kemp’s cookery theatres alongside my good friend and meat supplier Arthur Howell.
The man with the red coat and I teamed up together to extol the virtues of spring lamb in the Food Hall at the 2014 East Anglian Game & Country Fair.
Now if you’ve seen Arthur […]