PubChef Food Excellence Awards WINNER - Game

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Game is an increasingly popular ingredient with pub chefs. It is seasonal and healthy and growing in popularity with consumers, with game sales...

Game is an increasingly popular ingredient with pub chefs. It is seasonal and healthy and growing in popularity with consumers, with game sales rising in value by 15.2% and the market now worth approximately £38m.

Mark Levy

Mark Levy

Position:​ Head chefPub:​ The Russell, Ellesborough, near Aylesbury, BuckinghamshireContact number:​ 01296 622618Website:www.nichollsonline.comDish:​ Roasted young partridge, smoked Old Spot bacon, leeks, potato and mushroomsClick here to see the recipeCost of ingredients:​ £3.15Menu price:​ £14.95GP:​ 70%

Why you chose this dish:"It is a man's autumn dish that is delicate enough to be enjoyed by women too. It speaks volumes about the actual quality of local produce that is available."

Background:​ Mark has been a chef for 12 years, with a CV including the Bell Inn, Horndon on the Hill, Essex; the Running Horse in Littleton, near Winchester and the Michelin-starred Star at Harome, North Yorkshire. He has worked at the Russell for 18 months.

He says: "Game is a seasonal ingredient that is becoming increasingly more popular and adds variety to the menu."

The pub serves on average 425 to 475 covers a week, with a wet:dry split of 40:60.

Mark believes he is a good pub chef because he has a love of food, a good temperament, leadership skills and a great understanding of food costs and gross profit.

Best-selling dishes include: Crispy Gloucester Old Spot pork belly, creamed cabbage and bacon, apple sauce; Kinip farm rump steak, chips, flat caps, vine tomatoes; fillet of Shetland salmon, melting potted shrimps, watercress salad; organic salmon and coriander fish cakes, tartare sauce; char-grilled calves liver, champ, onions and bacon.

Judges' comments:

"A perfectly judged dish."

"A simple but very accomplished dish."

"A pleasure to eat."

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