Flying visits at Tuddenham mill 17th April
It was mine and Tuddenham mills pleasure on Wednesday the 17th of April to host the 8th Dingley Dell Flying visits. Titled "All the young dudes" I must say I didn't feel too young the morning after a long day followed by heavy drinking till 4.00am.
Flying visits is an event that celebrates pork from and its journey from farm to plate that started little over a year ago and is different every time, it has gone from strength to strength and has a long future ahead of it. If you have never been to one then I seriously recommend you do, they are always great fun with stunning food, wine and entertainment whilst showing off a brilliant product, chefs techniques, and everyone involved's passion. Often as well these nights have been brilliant for raising money for charity, at ours we raised £1300 for Farm Africa by auctioning off some prizes donated by all the chefs.
The night was a massive success and I would like to thank everyone involved individually, as there is no way I could have done this alone.
So here it goes.......
Mark Haywood for creating these nights, having huge passion for what he does and consistently making such and amazing product for us chefs to work with.
Ross, Tom and the rest of direct meats for the butchery demonstration and supplying the pork for the evening
Freedom foods, Carole and Bob for your support leading up to the event.
Steelite for supplying us with plates for the evening, it would have been a struggle without them.
My kitchen team Kez, Liam, Joey, and Lurch for putting together the canapés, petit fours and my pork dish to the standard it should be at, all whilst supporting the guest chefs.
The restaurant team led by Hannah and Lyndon, for delivering a smooth efficient and fun service.
Owen from ABFW for pairing the wines with the dishes
The chefs Mark Poynton, Eric Snaith, Ben Spalding and Matt Gillan for producing amazing food and top banter. It was great to see 5 chefs different styles of food come together on one menu without clashing. I certainly learnt some new techniques.
Murray chapman for taking the banter like a legend, and driving down from Sheffield just to be our verbal punchbag for the evening, love you Murray.
Sam for washing the pots and plates all night, it's the quietist I had ever seen him, didn't hear any cheek from him all night. Keep it up Sam
All the guests, thank you for getting involved and creating a great atmosphere and also bidding so highly in the auction to raise funds for the great charity Farm Africa
John Rose for so kindly taking the guest on a foraging walk around the meadow at the mill.
Jean-Luc Benazet thank you for the photos mate, there were so many good ones that I chose about 80 for this blog!
Cheers to Tom and Kit the two West Suffolk college students who were picked in passion to inspire competition by me and Hannah to work with us for the evening.
Thank you to my wife Rhiain for designing the posters I had printed for presents for the chefs, and one that we auctioned off for an impressive £90.
I don't think I have missed anyone but if I have please tell me, otherwise enjoy the photos below.