In­no­va­tive chef wins top prize at brew­ers’ awards cer­e­mony

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by Ella Copeland ecopeland@thek­m­

MOVE over Jamie Oliver – you’ve got a kitchen ri­val.

Alan Skin­ner, head chef at the New Fly­ing Horse, Wye, has been named Shep­herd Neame’s Chef of the Year 2010.

The award, held an­nu­ally by Kent brewer Shep­herd Neame, is de­signed to cel­e­brate ‘ex­cel­lence in innkeep­ing’.

Alan, 35, has been recog­nised for his ap­proach to cre­at­ing “in­no­va­tive, reg­u­larly-chang­ing menus fea­tur­ing lo­cal pro­duce”, af­ter 12 years work­ing at the New Fly­ing Horse.

Af­ter re­ceiv­ing his award at a pre­sen­ta­tion din­ner in Brew­ers’ Hall, London, Alan said: “I’m very pleased to have won. Over the last 12 years we’ve con­tin­ued to build on our rep­u­ta­tion for good-qual­ity food, and that’s thanks to the fan­tas­tic team at the pub and the sup­port from the brew­ery.”

The New Fly­ing Horse is a pub and a res­tau­rant and also of­fers ac­com­mo­da­tion.

Sourc­ing veg­eta­bles solely from the gar­dens at the Royal Hos­pi­tal Chelsea, and with a sea­sonal menu, Alan says it of­fers much more than your av­er­age pub food. The com­pe­ti­tion judges praised Alan’s cre­ativ­ity, de­scrib­ing the pub’s food as “typ­i­cally rus­tic”.

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