Pete with his produce at the Kingcombe cafe (Above)
Pete outside the cafe and next to the apple tree (Below) by Sally Welbourn
A chef from the Kingcombe Centre cafe has been awarded four prizes at the Dorset County Show for recipes using ingredients sourced from Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Kingcombe Centre vegetable plot and apple trees.
Pete Thomson was awarded 1st prize for his Apple and Rosehip Jelly, 2nd prize for his Pickled Beetroot and Quiche Lorraine, 3rd prize for his Dundee cake, and his Blackcurrant Jam was ‘highly commended’.
Home-Grown quality food
Pete has been delighting visitors with his flair and passion since April 2013, preparing everything from delicious cakes, to three course meals. Using only fresh ingredients, he believes the key to good food is using organic and tasty produce grown in the grounds at Kingcombe: “Working here is great, there is time to do everything properly, using really fresh produce from the garden. Although, it can be a pain to peel all the weird and wonderful shapes that comes out of the ground!” said Pete.
This was not the first show Pete has entered. When he was younger he used to enter his local village show. Pete said: “Growing up, I lived in a small village in Scotland and each year there was a flower and craft show. I was the only boy that used to enter, but I really enjoyed it. When I saw the chance in Dorset, I jumped at the opportunity.”
Christmas culinary delights at the Kingcombe Centre
He hasn’t stopped to celebrate though and is already busy preparing for the Christmas Fayre at Kingcombe, where he will be baking Christmas cakes and Christmas puddings, mince pies and festive chutneys and jams. These will all be available at the Fayre on Saturday 7th December.
If you don’t want to wait until Christmas to try some of Pete’s delicious cooking, the Kingcombe Centre Café is open 10am 4pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and every day during Dorset school holidays.
Come and visit!
Find out more about the Kingcombe Centre and the Café here or come visit
The Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum, DT2 0EQ.