Martin Burge was appointed culinary director of Farncombe Estate following his departure from Whatley Manor after a 13-year tenure in which he held two Michelin Stars for nine years. He now oversees all four restaurants on the estate, The Fish Hotel, The Garden Room, The Potting Shed and Foxhill Manor. We are thrilled that Martin will be joining us on Saturday 15th June in the Chef’s Kitchen at 5.15pm. We caught up with Martin to find out a little more…
When did you become interested in food?
I’ve loved food from an early age, but it was when I went to catering college in Bristol on school work experience was when I decided this was the job for me.
What inspires you to share your passion for food?
Seeing young chefs grow and develop into great cooks and leaders and become successful in their own right.
What is the one ingredient you can’t do without?
My practical head says salt, food can be tasteless without it. My passionate head says chocolate.
The Cheltenham Food and Drink is in June. What seasonal foods are best at this time that we should be looking out for and using in our cooking?
It’s got to be the best time for such a wide range of ingredients, something less obvious would be globe artichokes, gooseberries and crab.
You are Culinary Director at Farncombe Estate. What is special about the dining experiences people can enjoy here?
The restaurants across the Estate offer guests a wide range of choice from a 7-course tasting menu in MO, the rustic gastro-pub style Potting Shed and the fresh flavours locally sourced in the Back Garden at Dormy House. For seafood Lovers there’s Hook at The Fish Hotel with its seafood inspired menu. Hook is also the only restaurant outside of Cornwall to have the Good Seafood Guide Accreditation. Sustainability is at the heart of the concept.
What are you looking forward to about Cheltenham this year?
It’s our first time, so simply taking part and enjoying the festival!