I’ve cooked for some of the oldest and most established shooting lodges in the UK. Authentic taste and presentation that relate to the environment, result in unpretentious dishes that let the ingredients speak for themselves.
Good lodge hospitality should always reflect the impeccable taste and traditional values of the host family. The relationship between the chef and the host is of paramount importance and close consultation and great planning result in menus that offer your guests true seasonal flavours of the particular estate.
The art of fine dining in estate cooking is undoubtedly the subtle and seamless mix of classical, traditional and contemporary styles. When planning menus I always start with any produce available from the estate as the key ingredients for the dishes.
Besides the actual cooking and menu planning, I can offer consultancy and advice on staffing levels and all procedures relating to the hospitality side of estate cooking. The art of good hospitality is having the right staff levels in order to offer comfort without being intimidating.
The best British shooting lodges offer a residential experience that stems from the warmth of the host family and is entirely different from the more corporate vibe of a hotel. The guests get to see and interact with the staff on a personal level.