Chef and TV presenter Matt Tebbutt will be at The Welsh Menu Live in Swansea tempting us to share and indulge in a few “Guilty Pleasures”. His aim? To have us all reaching to the back of the store cupboard to resurrect some classic ingredients that have recently been scorned in favour of more fashionable foodie fads.
Matt is a co-presenter of Channel 4’s Food Unwrapped and makes regular appearances on BBC2’s Great British Food Revival. He has represented Wales on BBC2’s Great British Menu and co-presented Market Kitchen with Tom Parker Bowles.
In 2001 Matt realised his dream of opening his own restaurant when he returned to Wales to open the Foxhunter outside Abergavenny with his wife Lisa. The couple transformed the Grade II listed building, originally a railway stationmaster’s house, into one of Wales’ most exciting new restaurants.
Drawing on influence from Matt’s celebrated mentors, including Marco Pierre White, Bruce Poole, Sally Clarke and Alastair Little, The Foxhunter now offers the very best of Modern British cooking, characterised by daily changing menus featuring local, organic ingredients and recipes which remain true to the flavours of fresh, seasonal ingredients.
Matt however has now revealed he has a secret love for a few cult favourites and admits that every now and then a little indulgence in what you fancy is necessary in the kitchen.
In his new book, “Matt Tebbutt’s Guilty Pleasures”, Matt reveals his own Guilty Pleasures and offers up 130 savoury and sweet recipes designed to spoil, comfort and excite.
Using his chef’s instinct for contrast, texture and flavour to combine cult favourites, including Marmite, Peanut Butter, Ketchup, Cola and Cream Cheese, with the occasional “naughty” ingredient, Matt has developed a collection of creative concoctions using affordable, everyday ingredients that can be easily picked up from any local neighbourhood shop and are quite likely to already be found in most kitchen cupboards.
Matt’s home-kitchen friendly recipes vary from nostalgic ‘guilty’ classics such as Ham Hocks glazed in cola, Beer-can Chicken and Devilled Kidneys to inventive ‘guilty’ dishes such as Ginger & Prawn Gyozas which sneakily replace pastry with white bread and a Chocolate & Walnut Bread which substitutes sugar with lemonade to activate and feed the yeast and provide extra lightness.
So what does Matt say about his latest book? “I’m partial to a bit of 70s disco at a wedding or in the car every so often, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to add Odyssey to the playlist at my restaurant. These are indulgences, not something to feel ashamed of, as long as we keep a handle on things!”
Matt of The Foxhunter, Nantyderry published his second book “Matt Tebbutt’s Guilty Pleasures” on 4th July and will be signing copies at 2pm following his cooking demonstration in The Welsh Menu Food Theatre at 1pm on Friday 16th August.
Matt’s demonstration is FREE to attend and copies of his book will be on sale at a special Festival price!
Planning to visit The Foxhunter? Find out more about dining, accomodation, cookery lessons with Matt and foraging visits at www.thefoxhunter.com