Dorset Wildlife Trust has announced the appointment of top chef and local food champion Cameron Farquharson at its Kingcombe Centre, base for a range of environmentally-inspired educational courses set within the Kingcombe Meadows nature reserve.
What is Cameron's Experience?
Cameron has forged a reputation for fine dining and event catering abroad and at home. During his time at The Burton Cliff Hotel in Bridport, the restaurant was awarded three AA rosettes and included in The Michelin Good Food Guide. Recently he established Eggardon Hill Natural Foods Farm where he farms rare breed cattle and sheep and meets private catering requests. At Kingcombe, Cameron is responsible for the high-quality locally-sourced food provided to course participants and private diners. He has devised menus to reflect the seasons and to give the wonderful food of Dorset centre stage.
Cameron said: “I want to delight diners with dishes focused on Dorset produce, encompassing land, sea and air! As a Dorset farmer myself I am keen to support other local food producers and businesses. Organic food has its merits, but local, traceable and sustainable fare is my primary motivation. For example, the fruit, salad and vegetables grown at Kingcombe itself are wonderful and are included in my cooking at every opportunity”. This ethos is evident in Cameron’s popular spring time dish of roast rack of lamb with rhubarb sauce - lamb from his own rare breed sheep grazing next door, rhubarb and herbs from the Kingcombe garden and honey from Kingcombe’s bees.
Brian Bleese, Director of Operations at Dorset Wildlife Trust, said: “Course participants and private diners eating at The Kingcombe Centre are in for a real treat with new head chef Cameron in the kitchen. As well as fabulous food and a unique location, there’s a special atmosphere as every pound spent helps the Centre’s charitable work and makes the natural world accessible to people from all walks of life”.
How can I get involved?
There will be a chance to experience Cameron’s cooking on Sunday 17th July with a locally sourced two course lunch, guided walk around the reserve and a visit to Cameron’s rare breed sheep grazing nearby. For more information about The Kingcombe Centre including booking for the event on 17th July, please contact The Kingcombe Centre on 01300 320684 or visit www.kingcombe.org
Notes to Editor
For more information please contact Nicky Hoar at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
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