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On a Saturday late in October this year a group of 16 young chefs from Members Clubs and Livery Halls around London and two of the leagues Head Chefs made their way to Sussex to embark on a day of woodland cookery education.


Nick from Hunter Gather Cook came to the meeting point and escorted us to a tree house in the woodland where hot drinks were well received followed by a briefing of the days activities.


Nick discussed the game that could be found locally area and gave a brief history of how this particular venture came about and what the day entailed.


After the hot drinks, Nick escorted us to a Deer that was being hung in the woods.  The whole group took a turn in breaking down the deer into various joints of meat.


The Chefs then took a board each and started to butcher the meat, some of which was to be made into burgers for lunch.  The better cuts would be put to one side to be cooked by the chefs in a challenge later in the day.


After a hearty Venison burger and a glass or two of wine it was time for a Truffle hunt simulation with Nicks dog.  He also discussed the areas  rich truffle history.  It was now time to move on and discover what the local environment could offer.  Nick pointed out various berries, herbs and foliage that could be eaten.  The Chefs were then given time to forage and collect ingredients for there  upcoming cooking challenge.


The group of young chefs then had a lesson in how to make open fires from kindling.  The chefs were shown various methods for starting a fire.


After the lesson they were then divided into groups and set a cookery challenge.  Each team was tasked with putting everything they had learned into practise and producing 2 plates of venison with garnish to a restaurant standard. The Chefs got to work preparing the meat and garnishes.


Around 1 hour later the teams presented some absolutely amazing dishes.


Nick and his colleagues deliberated over the plates and came up with a winner.  However all the dishes were well cooked, well presented and most of all very tasty.


The chefs then said their goodbyes and headed back to London

League of Club Chefs 2019

Young Chef’s

Hunter Gatherer Cook  2018

Nick discussed the game that could be found locally area and gave a brief history of how this particular venture came about and what the day entailed.