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Philip Friend

Philip Friend

Demo dish: Smoked mackerel pate and gooseberry chutney

Philip, a local maths teacher, is a keen home cook and amateur baker and was one of the three finalists on BBC1’s ‘Britain’s Best Home Cook’. A self-taught cook, Philip has loved food ever since he can remember. A key part of his food philosophy has always been “if I eat something I enjoy, I have to learn how to cook it”.

Simple food, done well, and often with humble ingredients, are at the heart of Philip’s cooking. Cooking with seasonal produce is also an important part of Philip’s cooking and he grows most of his own fruit and vegetables on his allotment. At the end of a growing season, he loves to make preserves so that he can enjoy his produce at other times of the year.

Philip set up his baking website several years ago, primarily as a way to organise his own recipes, and it has since grown to include his masterclasses on areas such as making bread, macarons, croissants and cakes. Philip is keen to develop his food writing and have his own cookery book published.

As a result of his website, Philip has had several of his recipes published in national magazines, and earlier this year his white chocolate and strawberry gateau was voted by readers of Sainsbury’s Magazine as ‘best ever celebration cake’, from 25 years of their cakes.

Philip is currently looking to host pop up food events in the area, such as afternoon tea events and supper clubs, and he is looking to give more cookery masterclasses at home and at other venues.