A BUXTON butcher received a ringing endorsement from a top TV chef after featuring in an episode of the Channel 4 series The Secret Supper Club.
The popular programme sees presenter Olly Smith travelling the country to stage a series of adventurous suppers, finding local food producers willing to help plan, prepare and serve a spectacular feast for ten mystery guests in an unforgettable setting.
Mac Burnham, from the High Street-based Mac Burnham Traditional Family Butchers, was invited to take part in the culinary series, screened last Saturday, after passing an ‘edible audition’ attended by local food producers at the Whitworth Centre in Darley Dale.
Mac said: “We took down with a selection of our cooked meat products – pork pies, scotch eggs – for the tasting session. The way it works is, you go into a room with the presenter, he tries the product and from that taste test he gets the inspiration for the supper menu.
“We were told that if we didn’t hear anything the following morning we could assume that was our involvement over.
“But at 4pm the next day Olly Smith telephoned me and said that, even though I had taken along some very good cooked products, he would like us to supply the meat for the main course, T-bone steaks.
“He said if we could make our cooked products that good, then our raw meat must be fantastic.”
After filming had taken place at the shop, Mac, along with nine other guests, was invited to attend the dining spectacle, held at the Peak District’s Thornbridge Brewery, where they tucked in to the steaks with savory wasabi and parsnip ice cream.
“It was a brilliant experience, and it was nice to get your product recognised,” added Mac, who also runs a shop in Chapel-en-le-Frith.
“For them to come here and choose our meat product is really satisfying. You don’t receive that sort of recognition from a bloke like Olly Smith unless you are good at what you do.”
The Secret Supper Club aired last Saturday on Channel 4. To watch it again, visit 4 on Demand at http://www.channel4.com/programmes/4od.