Over eight weeks twenty four of the finest chefs in the country including many chefs from Great British Chefs site are competing in regional heats for the opportunity to create a four course menu for the D Day special banquet. This week is a particularly special one for us as all three chefs are on Great British Chefs site and are familiar faces with our visitors!
We’re delighted to see Josh Eggleton making his first appearance on Great British Menu. Josh’s career started at his local chippie when he was 15. After becoming a Gordon Ramsay Scholar in 2003, he turned down jobs with the likes of Ramsay, Angela Hartnett and Marcus Wareing to return to Chew Magna near Bristol and transform The Pony & Trap's kitchen into what it is today.
Acquiring the freehold of the pub in 2009, Josh won a Michelin star at the age of 27, making The Pony & Trap Somerset's only gastro pub with a Michelin. The Pony & Trap has kept that star since 2011 and in January 2014 was ranked 3rd in the Publican Morning Advertiser's Top 50 UK Gastropubs.
Josh is a Director and founder of Eat Drink Bristol Fashion a three week pop up event in Bristol from 1st - 18th May featuring some of the UK's best known chefs in the South West. Many former Great British Menu contestants will be appearing at the event this year including Nathan Outlaw, Simon Hulstone, Paul Ainsworth, Richard Davies and Peter Sanchez-Iglesias. It's a great way to sample their menus in one exciting and relaxed location. See which tickets are still available at this popular event..
Josh is extremely excited to make his first appearane on Great British Menu and said: "During the filming of the show I engaged loads with my Nan, and learnt so much about her life as an eight year old that was evacuated to Devon. The amazing thing about her is her memory, she remembers everything. Every time we spoke she had a new story to talk about. It was something we never talked about in detail and it truly opened up my mind to how tough things were back then. When we were filming, I said to the crew, I bet she will tell a story I haven’t heard of and true to form she did.
"I read and researched a lot around the effect on everyday life and the way folks back then had to be creative and resourceful with what they had. It has been great to be part of the series this year."