TV chef to join award-winning pub

By Nikkie Thatcher

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Double show: Charlotte Vincent has made two appearances on Great British Menu
Double show: Charlotte Vincent has made two appearances on Great British Menu

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Devon born chef Charlotte Vincent has been appointed the new head chef at the award-winning Candlelight Inn, Chard in Somerset.

Raised in Exeter, the chef completed a masters in psychology and human biology at the University of Plymouth before joining the Royal Logistics Corp of the British Army.

She then joined Michael Caines at Gidleigh Park where she worked as a pastry chef before going to The Royal Clarence Hotel.

Last year, Vincent appeared on BBC2’s Great British Menu​ and has featured on the popular cooking show twice.

Menu style

Her food is described as modern British, influenced by Scandinavian and French cuisines however the chef’s passion for local produce is something the Candelight Inn’s owner Mike Rose is proud to promote at the pub.

On her new appointment, Vincent said: “I’m so happy to be part of the Candlelight Team. I have admired them over the years and this is now a chance for me to put my stamp on the Candelight experience.

“I am excited to make the most of their beautiful homegrown herbs and vegetables. The team are a talented bunch who I am looking forward to producing incredible food with.”

She has made it her mission to create a fully inclusive and calm kitchen where everyone is treated equally and taught professionally.

Forward thinking

The 17th​ century country pub is in the heart of the Blackdowns, serving locally sourced, seasonal food.

The pub is owned by Mike Rose and has been listed as one of The Guardian​’s top 10 best pubs in Somerset.

Rose said: “It has been said food is the way to the heart and we have always believed in good food from professional, passionate chefs with forward thinking, new ideas.

“Having Charlotte join the team is a chance to bring beautiful, high quality new dishes to our menu. We are very excited about this next chapter in the Candlelight Inn story and we welcome Charlotte with open arms.”

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