Ashley Palmer-Watts, former chef director of The Fat Duck and Dinner by Heston and co-founder of Artisan Coffee Co., has created a delicious mocha tart which will soon feature on the menus of over 100 Fuller’s pubs. Ashley’s mocha tart will be served with chocolate crumble and buffalo milk vanilla ice cream.
While Ashley has developed a detailed recipe using his expertise along with the finest ingredients, the tarts will be made in house – from scratch – by the pubs’ chefs.
The mocha tart is the ultimate end to any occasion – a chocolate crumble base and unctuous deep rich chocolate ganache, showcasing The Big Shot espresso which adds depth and complexity to the dessert. Artisan Coffee Co. pushes the boundaries by adopting a meticulously scientific approach to taste and flavour.
Ashley Palmer-Watts is a chef ambassador for the Bocuse d’Or UK Academy. The Bocuse d’Or is the world’s largest and most prestigious cooking contest – founded by the late, legendary chef Paul Bocuse in 1987. To win the Bocuse d’Or is the pinnacle of any chef’s career and previous winners include Rasmus Kofoed, chef-owner of Geranium – the World’s Best Restaurant 2022.
The Bocuse d’Or UK Academy was launched at the Houses of Parliament in October 2017 – set up with the purpose to inspire British chefs to be the best in the world and to support Team UK in its mission to reach the Bocuse d’Or podium. Following a great performance at the European heats in March 2022, the current Bocuse d’Or UK Team will compete in the world final in Lyon in January 2023.
Fuller’s is a partner of the UK Academy – demonstrating the company’s commitment to raising the standards of professional cooking and inspiring the next generation of chefs. As part of this partnership, Fuller’s is working with Bocuse d’Or Team UK chef ambassadors throughout the year to add some of the chefs’ creations to its menus.
Ashley Palmer-Watts commented: “It is an absolute privilege to be asked to be ambassador of the Bocuse d’Or and I’m really excited to support the next generation of talent and see what they can bring to the table. Now, more than ever, it’s so important to champion our great chefs and represent the UK on this global stage.”
Paul Dickinson, Fuller’s Director of Food, said: “I am so excited about this partnership. Ashley is an incredible chef with great skill and expertise – and being able to share this with our own chefs, and customers, is fantastic. We have a lot of really talented chefs here at Fuller’s and by partnering with someone of Ashley’s calibre, we aim to inspire our chefs and encourage them in their careers.
“Fuller’s invests in its chefs through the Fuller’s Chefs’ Guild. We have aspirational development and apprenticeship programmes – to help chefs gain the necessary skills to progress in their careers. We understand how important it is to nurture the talent that our team members demonstrate.
“I am really proud of Fuller’s partnership with the Bocuse d’Or UK Academy – it means we’re contributing to the support of chefs on their journeys to becoming the best in the world. And, for our customers, it also highlights our commitment to offering amazing food across our estate.”
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Key facts about the Bocuse d’Or:
The Bocuse d’Or was founded in 1987 by the late Paul Bocuse, a French chef celebrated world-wide for the high quality of his restaurants and his innovative approach to cuisine.
It is the world’s largest cooking competition and considered the most prestigious award for any chef. More than 60 countries compete for a place in the continental finals which take place in Europe, Americas, Asia-Pacific and Africa. The competitors have five hours and 35 minutes, cooking in front of thousands of spectators to produce a plate and platter that looks as stunning as it tastes.
The world final takes place every second January in Lyon, the culinary capital of France. Following a top 8 placing in Budapest, Team UK will now compete in Lyon on January 22-23 2023.
The UK has yet to reach the podium – it came very close in 2013 when Adam Bennett and Kristian Curtis reached 4th place.
Facebook: Bocuse d’Or Team UK
Fuller’s in a nutshell:
Fuller, Smith & Turner PLC is the premium pubs and hotels business that is famous for beautiful and inviting pubs with delicious fresh food, a vibrant and interesting range of drinks, and engaging service from passionate people. Fuller’s has 207 managed businesses, with 1,030 boutique bedrooms, and 178 Tenanted Inns. The estate is predominately located in the South of England (44% of sites are within the M25) and stretches from our London heartland to the Jurassic Coast via the New Forest. Our Managed Pubs and Hotels include 16 iconic Ale & Pie pubs, seven stunning hotels in the Cotswolds, and Bel & The Dragon – eight modern English inns located in the Home Counties. In summary, Fuller’s is the home of great pubs, outstanding hospitality and passionate people, where everyone is welcome and leaves that little bit happier than they arrived.
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