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Thursday, 19 December 2013

Local Chef, Ross Clarke on TV

If you were watching TV last night, you may have seen a familiar village face on the BBC's Christmas edition of Food & Drink.
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Ross Clarke had a significant segment in the programme demonstrating how to cook turkey two ways for Christmas. (He didn't do a third way I know, dry & burnt!) His methods of using a water bath and smoke gun may not be something we will all be doing at home this year, but the results certainly looked tasty.
Ross is a locally born chef who initially learnt his craft under the guidance of David Wykes, owner/head chef at Verveine Fishmarket Restaurant in the village.

From Verveine, ambitious Ross went to join Heston Blumenthal at The Fat Duck experimental kitchen in Bray. The Fat Duck is one of the world's most famous restaurants, which been awarded three Michelin stars and was voted Best Restaurant in the world in 2005.

Surprisingly, Heston Blumenthal is a totally self-taught chef, whose route to the top has been an unconventional one, involving rule-breaking, unusual experiments and totally amazing food creations.
Ross's career continues to develop, and today he has his own food consultancy & training business which operates in both the UK and Dubai in the UAE. His company now provides services which can further a restaurants menu, atmosphere, standard, efficiency and overall level of performance.

Ross also runs food events to fit a clients needs, which could be anything from a product launch to 500 people through to a private dinner on a super yacht for two people, in addition he also runs a selection of training courses in the UK and the UAE. The courses can follow a set subject or they can be tailor made towards any aspect of modern dining.
In a recent OK magazine article which covered Ross's thoughts on cooking, he quoted that the best ever meal he has had was at Verveine.  Obviously an excellent judge!
To add to his recent experiences Ross has also become involved in filming, from consulting on creative concepts to presenting for culinary programmes. His previous filming experience includes; Heston's Fantastical Food, BBC Good Food, Platinum Fusion Awards and now of course the BBC Food & Drink programme!
Ross Clarke | 07712 449775

Verveine Fishmarket Restaurant
98 High Street, Milford on Sea, SO41 0QE
01590 642176

The Fat Duck
High Street, Bray, Berkshire, SL6 2AQ

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