12 ISSUES FOR £24 Subscribe to Yorkshire Life today click here

Meet the chef - Matthew Wilkinson, Rudding Park Hotel

PUBLISHED: 15:21 16 June 2017 | UPDATED: 15:25 16 June 2017

Rudding Park's development chef Matthew Wilkinson in the kitchen

Rudding Park's development chef Matthew Wilkinson in the kitchen

supplied

Rudding Park development chef, Matthew Wilkinson, is responsible for the menu for the Yorkshire Life Food & Drink Awards 2017. He tells us about his typical day.

Rudding Park's development chef Matthew WilkinsonRudding Park's development chef Matthew Wilkinson

My day starts with a run into work (Matthew has been known to run the odd marathon or two!) where I look forward to meeting all the suppliers at the door as they deliver our produce for the day. I make sure I am on hand to check not only the quality of all the ingredients but the quantities and the price!

I then visit the Rudding Park Kitchen Garden to meet with Adrian Reeve, our kitchen gardener. It’s fantastic to work with Adrian and his team find out what ingredients he’s got and what he is planting so I can think about how best to incorporate them into any new dishes. Over 100 different herbs, salads, edible flowers and fruits are grown in the Rudding Park Kitchen Garden allowing us to create dishes packed full of flavour using quality heritage varieties that are usually hard to find.

At Rudding Park we take inspiration from local producers, products and suppliers within a 75-mile radius, and I love nothing better that getting out and about to discover what’s new and exciting and I love taking all this inspiration to develop a menu for a special event.

For the Yorkshire Life Food and Drink Awards 2017, I don’t want to give too much away but I will confess devising the menu gets more difficult each time as I want to make sure we surpass the previous year.

However, I love a challenge and I am confident guests at this year’s event will experience an innovative menu which showcases great Yorkshire produce. Of course, I am particularly keen to incorporate items grown in one of our favourite food heroes, the Rudding Park Kitchen Garden!

For further information about Yorkshire Life Food & Drink Awards 2017 celebration lunch at Rudding Park on Monday, September 25th visit foodwards.yorkshirelife.co.uk or email kate.wilson@archant.co.uk

Yorkshire Life Food & Drink Award 2017 categories

Restaurant of the Year

Chef of the Year

Hotel of the Year

Family Dining Award

Pub of the Year

Dining Pub of the Year

Newcomer of the Year

Coffee/Tea shop of Year

Customer Service Award

Producer/Product of the Year

Independent Retailer of the Year

Food and Drink Hero

More from Food & Drink

00:00

So when are you going to write a book? It was a question that at first just made Martin and Jill Fish smile because they hadn’t given the idea much thought, if at all. ‘But so many people kept asking,’ says Martin, flicking through the newly published Gardening on the Menu, written with his wife Jill. His mind is already on volume two.

It was an obvious thing to do together. Martin is a professional horticulturalist, garden writer and broadcaster. Jill, a former infant teacher, is a cookery writer who loves to make the most of the fruit and vegetables they grow in their North Yorkshire garden.

Everything was at their green fingertips – Martin’s many years of writing about practical gardening and Jill’s cookery writing plus her collection of family recipes all quite naturally came together over one winter. ‘There were times when we did wonder what on earth we had taken on. It was quite intense but it was a case of just getting on with it,’ says Jill.

The 300-page book is a practical guide to more than 25 different fruits and vegetables Martin and Jill have enjoyed growing in their three quarter-acre garden and eating as a family over many years and still do today. Some are eaten fresh and others stored or preserved. Martin includes easy-to-follow advice with tips on getting the best from your crops and there are 100 recipes from Jill, including the toffee apple pie that launched her cookery writing career 10 years ago.

Ask Martin about growing organically and he will not lecture. ‘I would never tell anyone what to do. I will only pass on what I know works really well.’ He uses as few chemicals as possible and his growing tips throughout the book reflect good practice and common sense that help to keep soil and plants healthy.

Gardening expert Carol Klein explains what makes Gardening on the Menu different to every other grow and eat guide. In the book’s foreword she writes: ‘Good gardening and good cooking should not be slaves to fashion, they rise above trendiness and though Martin and Jill’s book is bang up to date, the quality of their knowledge and their ability to transmit it will be relevant indefinitely. You’ll read these pages and think just as I have: “Thanks Martin. That’s a better way to do that. I’m going to do it like that in future…and thanks Jill. I can’t wait to taste that!”’

There’s a chance to visit Thornycroft, the Fish family garden on July 23rd when it is open to the public from 11am-4pm as part of the National Open Garden Scheme. Martin will be there to answer your gardening questions. Other visits by appointment can be made too. Visit martinfish.com for more information.

Read more
Friday, June 23, 2017

We search for the finest talent in Yorkshire’s food, drink and hospitality industries.

Read more
Friday, June 23, 2017

Usually more ‘D’oh!’ than dough in the Yorkshire Life test kitchen, Jo Haywood attempts perfect pizza.

Read more
Sunday, June 18, 2017

Speak-easy style bar joins the growing number of businesses investing in Hull’s regeneration.

Read more
Hull Pubs and Bars
Friday, June 16, 2017

Rudding Park development chef, Matthew Wilkinson, is responsible for the menu for the Yorkshire Life Food & Drink Awards 2017. He tells us about his typical day.

Read more
Rudding Park
Monday, June 12, 2017

York is one of the most visited locations in the UK, afternoon tea should be on the itinery of every one who visits the city,

Read more
Afternoon Tea York
Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Don’t forget to pick up some fresh kippers the next time you’re in Whitby.

Read more
Yorkshire Food Whitby
Sunday, June 4, 2017

Guests join us for lunch at a West Yorkshire restaurant where 3+1+5 equals quality modern cuisine in a stylish setting.

Read more
Yorkshire Life Luncheon Huddersfield
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Another new opening in Harrogate that promises something different.

Read more
Harrogate Pubs and Bars Cocktails
Monday, May 29, 2017

Experience a truly unique shopping experience at one of Yorkshire’s leading family-owned food and drink stores.

Read more
Thursday, May 25, 2017

You don’t have to forage far to find delicious seashore greens on the Yorkshire coast, as Jo Haywood discovers.

Read more
Coastal Yorkshire Yorkshire Food
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Don’t know the difference between a dessert spoon and a tablespoon? There is hope for us all, as Jeannie Swales discovers.

Read more
Yorkshire Wolds
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

It’s been just over two years since the Fusco family business earned the title of UK’s number one fish and chip restaurant and takeaway. Esther Leach makes a return visit to the Quayside, Whitby to find out what happened next.

Read more
Coastal Yorkshire Yorkshire Food Whitby
Monday, May 22, 2017

There is very warm welcome to be had at The Bay Horse, Burythopre and The Goodmanham Arms, Goodmanham both of which are run by Vito & Abbie Logozzi and are arguably two of the best country pubs around...

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter


Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory

Subscribe or buy a mag today

subscription ad
Yorkshire Life Application Link

Follow us on Twitter


Like us on Facebook

Local Business Directory

Yorkshire's trusted business finder

Job search in your local area




Search For a Car In Your Area

Property Search