Innovative chef wins top prize at brewers’ awards ceremony
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”.