Monday, 29 March 2010

Mark Scoops Top Award

Mark Veale, the head chef at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Bristol South (formerly Cadbury House) has won a prestigious award at the Bristol Hospitality Awards.

Mark was presented with the Outstanding Personality in the Hospitality Industry award by actress Pauline Quirke at a glittering ceremony in Bristol.

Organised by the Bristol Hospitality Forum and sponsors Destination Bristol and Sounds Commercial the awards also raised thousands of pounds for St Peter's Hospice.

A protege of Gordon Ramsay, Mark has raised the standard of what people now expect when they go out to eat across Greater Bristol, with many restaurants in the area now trying to emulate the food served at his two-rosette restaurant in Congresbury, Bristol.

Mark's emphasis is to use local seasonal produce, with fresh fish from Brixham each morning and hand reared Pork, Beef and Lamb from neighbouring villages. The organic fruit and veg is supplied from just six miles away, and as much produce is grown within Cadbury House grounds and is why Mark actively encourages his Chefs to pick herbs, fruit, hazelnuts and wild garlic from just outside his kitchen.

With a love of using fresh local ingredients Mark also has two chickens onsite - Benedict and Florentine which lay a couple of eggs a day.

Unlike many chefs who do not venture far from the kitchen and hot plate, Mark positively thrives on speaking to his customers who dine in the restaurant and is more than happy to explain where the food comes from and the cooking process it goes through.

He is also very passionate about teaching young children the basics of cooking and healthy eating and is why he regularly visits local schools to carry out demonstrations and getting the children to make their own pasta. He's even helped cook school dinners and served the children!

Commenting on his award Mark said:

"It's great to receive recognition for your work and I was delighted to accept the award. I hope that my passion for food and great cooking will rub off on future generations of chefs. Also I hope it will help educate people that cooking and eating fresh food that's produced locally is not only great fun and easy to do but very healthy."

Mark Hands, general group manager at DoubleTree by Hilton added:

"Mark is a great Chef, a great character and a great personality and he strives for perfection in all that he does. I've no doubt the restaurant and Mark's own reputation will go from strength to strength."

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