Our Chefs

Marcus Bean

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Self-taught chef, Marcus Bean, whose passion for cooking drove him to win Iron chef UK in 2010 on Channel 4. He’s lived in pubs since the age of 5 in and around Oxfordshire. At the age of 16 Marcus was working as a pig farmer, when his parents decided to up sticks and buy a pub in Shropshire. They asked him to move with them and help renovate and run their new pub.

While helping run the family pub, Marcus studied sound engineering in Manchester, as he originally wanted to pursue a career in the music industry but the time came, and in 2005 Marcus and his wife decided it was time to take on their first pub. After two years of employing chef’s and being let down, Marcus decided that it was time he got in the kitchen and started  teaching himself how to cook from scratch and create new and exciting dishes.

Having run the pub successfully for 5 years, Marcus found himself being selected as a contestant for Channel 4’s Iron Chef UK. He breezed through the first two rounds and went on to beat top chef Martin Blunos in the final! Not bad for someone who taught themselves to cook!

Following his success on the show, Marcus became a regular chef on ITV’s This Morning, cooking for Holly Willoughby & Phillip Schofield and other presenters on the show. He’s appeared on Good Food’s “Market Kitchen”, Channel 4′s “What’s cooking” & “Drop Down Menu”. Food Network’s Christmas special with Matt Tebutt & Lisa Faulkner.

Online appearances include, BBC online “video recipes with Lisa Faulkner”

In 2011 Marcus reached the semi-finals of National chef of the year with the Craft guild of Chefs.

Marcus has also written cookery articles & recipes for Hello Magazine, Foodie magazine London, Delicious magazine, Now magazine, Closer,  Shropshire Magazine & Stir it up magazine.

Marcus is now a regular host of the Super theatre at the BBC Good Food Shows around the country working on stage with JAmes Martin, Paul Hollywood, Mary Berry, Michel Roux Junior, Tom Kerridge and many more.

Websites: www.marcusbean.co.uk

www.bromptoncookeryschool.co.uk

www.bromptonfarmhouse.co.uk

Twitter: @Marcusbeanchef

@bromptoncookery

David Parker

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After attending Radbrook College, David spent 3 years moving through the ranks of Shropshire hotels developing & learning his craft. An ambition of cooking & travelling was fulfilled when he spent 2 years working across Australia & Indonesia learning Pacific Rim flavours & modern Australian cookery.

David returned to the UK, learning pastry for 2 years at The Forest Hotel in Solihull, he returned to Shropshire to work at The New Inn in Baschurch working with Marcus & Jenny over seeing & running the kitchen.

David now works in food development where he studies and researches Indian & Asian cuisine, analysing food trends and cooking & developing Indian & Oriental products for retailers & supermarkets.

Key highlights include trips to India and working alongside Ken Hom OBE, learning & cooking with one of the foremost authorities on Chinese cookery. David looks forward to sharing with you an authentic experience that is uncomplicated, informal & relaxed.

Robert Swift

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A Fifth generation artisan baker working for our family

business from our new shop and bakery situated in the town of Ludlow.

I specialise in a range of traditional, French, Italian and speciality breads.

I demonstrate at festivals around the country and work with local schools and colleges where I teach bread making.

This year our family are celebrating 150 years in the baking trade.

Liz Knight

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Liz’s passion for celebrating the best of our food heritage has been said to be ‘joyous’ She was described in school as being infectious and she still has a knack to excite and enthuse. When not blending herbs and spices, picking petals or chasing after a small child with a toothbrush, Liz runs workshops on rural food skills and leads forages and demonstrations sharing her products and recipes with audiences. Give her a bowl,some ingredients and a mike and you’ll have fun and learn something along the way!

Liz also owns and runs “Forage Fine Foods” a little food business set on top of a hill in the gorgeous Black Mountains. From our kitchen window we look out onto heather, wild thyme and on the mountain tops, lanes billowing with meadowsweet, cow parsley, ladysmock and penny wort, meadows run riot with sorrel, clover and hedgerows full of honeysuckle, hawthorn, elder and hazel. It’s almost impossible to not find something to eat around here & for thousands of years the good people of this wonderful land have picked, eaten and thrived on the inspirational larder that sits outside of every ones front

Julie aka ‘Angelina Cupcakes

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Having watched her mother baking bread and cakes in the kitchen as a child, there was no surprise that she would follow in her footsteps.

Now, working from her home kitchen, a self-taught passionate and inspired baker, creating delicious cupcake flavour combinations and bespoke celebration cakes under the alias ‘Angelina Cupcake’.

In her first year she won the award of Best Local Product in the Northamptonshire Food & Drink Awards, as voted for by Sophie Grigson and William Sitwell, for her chocolate surprise cupcake.

She has now started teaching classes and running baking and sugarcraft demonstrations at her home and in venues around Northamptonshire. She can also be found at local and national foodie events selling a mouth-watering selection of cupcakes and baked treats. As well as writing and blogging about her food experiences. This year she has been selected as one of the team of BBCGoodFood Show bloggers, helping promote the shows throughout the year.

Follow on Twitter @AngelinaCupcake

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