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Multi award-winning chef reaches Peak of culinary career

Posted on Friday, 30 March 2012 01:01PM by
Simon Bradley, Head Chef at Rowsley’s multi award-winning East Lodge hotel and restaurant, will be captivating audiences and cooking up another culinary storm this 31 March at the Peak District Food and Drink Festival.

Showing off his impressive skills, experience and knowledge, Rowsley’s gastronomic maestro will be demonstrating why the restaurant at East Lodge is one of the most admired in the country.

Held in the magnificent Devonshire Dome in Buxton, The Peak District Food and Drink Festival celebrates the variety of food, drink and hospitality establishments available in the Derbyshire Dales, High Peak, Staffordshire Moorlands and East Staffordshire. With various stalls of crafts and local produce to try, Simon Bradley will be making an appearance and wowing the crowds in the Demo theatre from 1.00pm, cooking delicious dishes using beef and lamb reared at Highfield House Farm, on East Lodge’s doorstep.

With a culinary CV to be envied, Simon has trained as an apprentice chef at the Ritz in Paris before working under Raymond Blanc, honing and perfecting his skills at two Michelin star rated le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons. Simon has also worked alongside the BBC’s Great British Menu critic, Oliver Peyton and recently gained East Lodge its prestigious triple Rosette status from the AA, placing East Lodge in the top 10% of restaurants in the UK.

“I learnt a huge amount from Raymond, constantly tasting and seasoning, which is crucial to understanding how perfection in taste and texture can be achieved,” said Simon. “Raymond has a great vision and passion for what he does and deserves the respect he commands from all those who have worked under him. This year’s food and drink fairs provide the opportunity to pass on some of the knowledge I have acquired as my time as a chef to a wider audience, and I am looking forward to doing a lot more of these public events in the future.”

Committed to excellence and to serving delicious foods, the head chef’s appearance at this year’s Peak District Food and Drink Festival gives Simon the opportunity to showcase his skills and interact with the crowds, sharing his passion for food, and his culinary knowledge – a treat usually reserved for those dining at the East Lodge chef’s table.

“As anyone lucky enough to have dined at the chef’s table will know, watching Simon at work is awe-inspiring for anyone with an interest in food.” said East Lodge Deputy Managing Director, Iain Hardman. “After the success of his appearances at last year’s Bakewell, Buxton and Chatsworth shows, Simon is really looking forward to cooking up something special at the Peak District Food and Drink Festival using the fabulous meats from Highfield House farm and ingredients from the East Lodge garden. The audience is in for a real treat.”

For the full experience of watching Simon and his team at work whilst dining from the East Lodge taster menu, the chef’s table is available to book for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Please visit www.eastlodge.com or call 01629 734474 to discuss your requirements.

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