Chef Elton Thompson, The New Inn, Cirencester
PUBLISHED: 22:54 28 January 2010 | UPDATED: 15:08 20 February 2013
From poached duck egg with pea mousse to lamb with spring vegetables - it's all ahit.
Name: Elton Thompson
Restaurant: The New Inn at Coln
Address: Main Street, Coln St. Aldwyns, Cirencester, Gloucestershire GL7 3NQ
Telephone: 01285 750651
Tell us about your menu:
My menu is a collection of seasonal and local produce, and changes regularly. I enjoy featuring masculine and feminine dishes, as well as the classic and contemporary use of ingredients to tie in with the ambience of the building.
Which dish on the menu would you recommend to a customer?
For starters the poached duck egg with pea mousse foccacia croute is fantastic. For a main dish I would recommend the lamb, spring vegetables and light consomm, and for desert my chocolate fondant is to die for.
What initiated your interest in cooking?
My granddad was a chef in the merchant navy and a love of working with food runs in my family. I also used to work picking fruit in the holidays when I was very young, which gave me a great insight into seasonal produce. After leaving the Army I fell into the trade then instantly fell in love with catering.
Do you have a favourite gadget?
No, a working kitchen and a good team is what I need most.
What advice would you give to a novice?
The harder you work, the more you will get out of this career.
What has been your most memorable (or unusual) meal?
The Tasting Menu at Tom Aitken's in Chelsea, London. It was one of my first tastes of fine dining and the inventive use of ingredients and the way it was plated was outstanding.
Which chef has been your greatest inspiration?
Barring the obvious (The Roux Brothers, Blumenthal and Ducasse), I would choose Phil Thompson at Auberge du Lac
What is your favourite spring ingredient?
Peas and sorrel, but it is so hard to choose because there are so many fantastic ingredients at this time of year.
Why should people visit you?
Because of the quality of the product and the beauty of the surroundings.
What's the best thing about the Cotswolds in spring?
This is my first spring in the Cotswolds, but it is looking good!