Buxton chef’s recipe success

Chef Tom Clarke with Fraser Bloor and Gemma Redford
Chef Tom Clarke with Fraser Bloor and Gemma Redford

A talented young chef from a Buxton restaurant is celebrating having one of his recipes included in a prestigious charity cookbook.

Tom Clarke, 25, who works at Harley’s on High Street, will have his recipe featured as one of the 20 top East Midlands recipes in the Great British Cookbook, a collection of the best meals from restaurants up and down the country.

And this is not the only accolade he has recently won - the Stoke-on-Trent native has also been named as a finalist at this year’s English Food Awards and has won a trip to Billingsgate Fish Market in London courtesy of industry event, Seafood Week.

He said: “Being entered into the cookbook is a wonderful accomplishment for me as a young chef.

“Being the only chef in the kitchen, this is a massive thing for me to look at and know that all my hard work has paid off.”

The meal, which will feature in the book’s second edition due for release in the New Year, is Tom’s pan-fried sea bass, patatas bravas, samphire, brown shrimp, burnt lemon and beurre noisette.

There it will sit alongside culinary creations from celebrity chefs such as James Martin, Rachel Khoo and Levi Roots, with all proceeds from the book’s sale going to Macmillan Cancer Support and Hospitality Action, a charity which helps restaurant staff who have fallen on hard times.

The same recipe will be up against other East Midlands meals in the World Cuisine category at the English Food Awards, on Sunday November 8 at the Mercure Hotel in Manchester.