Some of the Chefs we have been honoured and lucky to work with over the years at our Festivals
Koj is a chef, cookery teacher and food writer based near Tetbury in the Cotswolds. He started cooking at a young age but didn't entertain the idea of a career in cooking until he read Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential at the age of 21. Instead, he started his working life in the City, and after almost ten years there, he eventually seized the opportunity to turn his passion into his profession, after reaching the pinnacle of amateur cooking success in the final of BBC1’s MasterChef. His first stop was Michel Roux Junior’s Le Gavroche and he has continued a fast track training programme in the kitchens of Michelin star chefs such as Gordon Ramsay, Heston Blumenthal, Brett Graham and Martin Burge at Whatley Manor.
He combines the discipline and techniques learned in top restaurants with his own imagination, flair and creativity, to create bespoke tasting menus for private and corporate clients. As well as private freelance cooking, he occasionally cooks for the public at pop up events in art galleries, pubs and restaurants across the UK. He also gives cookery lessons and demonstrations at food festivals, entertaining audiences with his anecdotes as much as his cooking.
For more details, visit: http://kojcooks.co.uk/
Leon is a really talented young chef now based in Cheltenham. People travel for miles to enjoy his cooking which is an exciting selection of traditional classics with his own twist together with new and inventive combinations certain to thrill taste buds.
In his own words "I’m passionate about food, I can’t imagine a day where I don’t cook. Since I was 12 I always wanted to be a chef. I’m one of the lucky people that got to do my dream job.
I love all kinds of food, as long as its fresh, seasonal and tasty. "
Peter Fairclough - The Rectory Hotel, Crudwell
Peter has worked at The Rectory since the present owners took over 8 years ago.
He trained under Rob Clayton, the Michelin star chef of Hunstrete House as well as Tony Robson-Burrell formerly of Claridges, Timothy Ford formerly of Sharrow Bay and Summer Lodge and former Roux Scholarship Winner Chris Colmer.
His signature dish is Roasted Cotswold Venison with swede and carrot gratin and blackberry casis and jus.
Pete is passionate about food, working with the Slow Food Movement. He enjoys sourcing his menu from local, organic and foraged food from our doorstep as well as from our own vegetable patch, herb garden and apple orchard which is just across the road from us at our sister business, The Potting Shed pub.
Spring heralds the start of the wedding season at The Rectory which means a busy few months ahead and Pete enjoys the balance between creating an interesting restaurant menu as well as exceeding the expectations of the bride and groom.
Pete has always wanted to cook after making cakes and biscuits with his mum and grandma. He in turn, is now passing on his skills to his daughter Rebecca who enjoys making things with her daddy. When not cooking, Rebecca and Leo, Pete’s young children take up all of his spare time.