Restaurant of the month: Gidleigh Park
Gidleigh Park is a Tudor style house nestled in the North East of Dartmoor National Park and is set in 107 acres of gardens and woodland on the banks of the North Teign River.
The hotel has a two Michelin Starred restaurant which is split over three rooms and can accommodation 48 guests at any one time. Michael's cuisine is described as modern European with an Asian influence.
Michael Wignall, Executive Chef answers some questions about the restaurant.
Why do you do what you do?
I love food and working with amazing produce. I have always been creative and I find a creative release in cooking, for me this is a lifestyle and not just a job.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Working with my team, creating new dishes and coming up with new ideas everyday has to be the most enjoyable part of working here at Gidleigh Park.
What do you enjoy the least about your job?
I do not get to see my family as much as I would like too.
What achievement for the restaurant are you most proud of?
Within my first year at Gidleigh Park I was awarded two Michelin Stars and in January 2017 we received 5AA Rosettes.
Do you use British Produce?
Yes, the majority of which is sourced in the South West.
What do you think is best about using British Produce?
The quality of British produce is exceptional and the time in which is can be delivered is admirable. If I order produce at 7am I can have it on the plate by 7pm for dinner. I love working with people who are as passionate about growing and producing food as I am about using it to cook with.
Why should people buy British?
Britain produces a great variety of produce which rivals countries like France and Spain. There are an abundance of amazing producers and we should be proud of using our own ingredients.
What is your most popular dish?
My menus are forever changing, so it would be hard to pin point a particular favourite. Guests have their own favourites and I think that in itself is a compliment to the style of food that we serve here at Gidleigh Park.
Visit Gidleigh Park at www.gidleigh.co.uk, or find them on Twitter @Gidleighhotel or @MichaelWignall_ @BrownswordHotel and Facebook.com/GidleighPark