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A Lancashire Feast Chef Profiles

The five award-winning chefs in the kitchen were Lisa Goodwin-Allen, Head Chef of Michelin-starred Northcote; Maurizo Bocchi from La Locanda, the highest rated Italian restaurant outside of London and Lancashire Tourism Awards Taste Lancashire Award winner 2016; Chris Bury from The Cartford Inn, recently voted Best Inn in Britain at the Great British Pub Awards; Stosie Madi from Parkersarms (Top 100 Gastropubs) and Steven Smith from the Freemasons at Wiswell, the highest rated dining pub in the Waitrose Good Food Guide 2017.   

Each chef created a diff erent course for the event featuring a wealth of Lancastrian producers from traditional Morecambe Bay shrimps and Lytham cockles, Goosnargh duck, artisan goat’s cheese from Capra Products, Ormskirk potatoes, Salt Marsh lamb from Cockerham, Brockhall village apples, honey from Crossmoor Farm and raw milk butter from Gazegill Organics.

We Lancastrian’s have long known about Lancashire’s rich supply of top notch produce and makers, who supply our many award winning restaurants, pubs and cafes, but perhaps this was not as well known nationally.

We predict you’ll be hearing lots more from these great chefs in the next 12 months, along with the hundreds of other places to eat across our fine county.

Lisa Allen, Northcote, Langho

Head Chef of Northcote since 2005, Lisa has a natural understanding of local ingredients having worked alongside Nigel Haworth since 2001, becoming Executive Head Chef in 2015.  Born in Lancashire, trained at Lancaster & Morecambe College, at just 23 Lisa was one of the first women to rise to the ranks of Head Chef in the Michelin-Starred Northcote.

In 2010, Lisa’s talents shone brightly when she won the hearts of many throughout the UK with her appearance on BBC Two’s popular ‘Great British Menu’, which focused on using the very best local produce from across the country. She won the opportunity to cook her starter of Wild Rabbit & Leek Turnover with Piccalilli for HRH Prince Charles at the banquet in celebration of the National Trust.

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Maurizio Bocchi, La Locanda, Gisburn

Nestled in the heart of Gisburn, on the edge of the Ribble Valley, La Locanda is the UK’s most awarded Italian restaurant outside London. Maurizio proudly wears the title Agri-Chef and has a vast knowledge of agriculture as well as a natural flair for gastronomy. Maurizio and his wife Cinzia’s devotion to genuine Italian hospitality led them to open La Locanda in 2003, with the aim of representing Italian cuisine in its original form, sourcing most of their ingredients from their immediate community in Lancashire.

La Locanda delivers a truly authentic experience and, is one of only 27 UK Italian restaurants, to be awarded the Ospitalità Italiana certificate for their passionate adherence to Italian food culture and heritage.  Also, avid proponents of the Slow Food movement and its ethos of good, clean and fair food for all.  La Locanda has won the Taste Lancashire award for two successive years 2015 & 2016 and Bronze in the national Visit England Awards for Excellence, Taste of England category 2016.

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Chris Bury, The Cartford Inn, Little Eccleston

Chris was born and raised in Lancashire, where he trained to be a chef. Chris's career has since seen him work at several prestigious restaurants and hotels around the UK and complete stages at establishments as illustrious as Claridge's and Heston Blumenthal's The Fat Duck.

In 2015 Chris returned to Lancashire, to work at The Cartford Inn where he is now Head Chef.

The Cartford Inn, noted for its individuality and contemporary rural-chic style, boasts 15 luxury bedrooms and features in the Michelin Pub Guide as an inspectors’ favourite; one of only three in the region. It also lists in the AA and Good Food Guides and was recently awarded an AA rosette. The inn was nominated for a Catey in 2014 and won ‘Best Inn’ at The Great British Pub Awards 2016.”

Chris quickly made his mark on the menu of the already highly regarded country inn as he brought his enthusiasm for a variety of underused techniques, including curing, home-smoking and preserving.  He is passionate about seafood, which the inn has a reputation for serving, and enjoys foraging (notably for wild mushrooms) to give dishes authentic terroir.

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Stosie Madi, Parkersarms, Newton in Bowland

Stosie is the chef patron of Parkersarms, nestled in the Trough of Bowland, in the beautiful rural hamlet of Newton in Bowland. It is a national and local award winning pub with listings in Hardens Good Food Guide and AA guides. It recently made it into the prestigious Restaurant Magazine’s top 100 restaurants in the UK and is also a Silver Visit England Awards for Excellence Taste of England Award winner, having first won the Taste Lancashire award in 2013 & 2014.

Stosie has a longstanding career in hospitality and comes from an entrepreneurial hospitality family who were involved in hotels and restaurants in West Africa. Self-taught & a past Craft Guild of Chefs award winner, with over 24 years’ experience running her kitchens and 5 restaurants, she is renowned for her simple elegant cooking.  Dishes are influenced by her extensive travels, life abroad and diverse Mediterranean roots, with ingredients sourced largely in the Forest of Bowland.

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Steven Smith, Freemasons at Wiswell

Steven is the Chef Patron of the Freemasons at Wiswell. Born in nearby Blackburn, Steven learned his trade in some of the North’s top establishments before going solo and creating a true gastronomic experience in a stylish pub setting.

Industry recognition has been plentiful, The Freemasons has enjoyed a top 10 ranking in the Top 50 Gastropubs, been included in The Sunday Times Top 100 Restaurants, as the only pub to make the list, and for the last three successive years, has been named the Waitrose Good Food Guide No.1 Pub; the only pub to receive a coveted seven out of ten. The Freemasons’ latest accolades include winning the Best Tourism Pub, the gold award, in last year’s Visit England Awards for Excellence, and winning Best Food Pub at this year’s Great British Pub Awards. In addition, The Freemasons came in the top 25 for Square Meal’s Top 100 Restaurants and was included in MSN’s Best Pubs in the UK.

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