Proud Cheshire chef takes county’s finest cuisine on the road
Proud local chef David Mooney, co-owner and chef patron of the newly-launched Old Sessions House bar and restaurant in Knutsford, appeared at the prestigious BBC Good Food Scotland show on Sunday, October 21, on a mission to prove to some of the biggest names in UK cookery that Cheshire does it best.
High-profile local chef, restaurateur and nationally renowned food expert, David, shared a stage with an array of other well-known TV chefs such as James Martin and the Hairy Bikers at the BBC’s annual culinery celebration in Glasgow, and he was out to promote Cheshire’s finest.
David, also a veteran of 200 appearances on Granada Tonight and co-owner of the successful Lord Binning Pub and Kitchen in Kelsall, prides himself on sourcing a large majority of his restaurants’ top-quality culinary ingredients from locally-based producers.
David was one of just 20 celebrity food experts at the BBC show and used his live demonsation on the ‘Love Food, Hate Waste’ stage, in front of a packed crowd of food-lovers from across the UK, to cook using the Tatton Brewery’s ‘Sessions’ cask ale, specially commissioned for David’s Knutsford and Kelsall eateries.
With a renowned family-run brewery right on the doorstep, David and New Moon Pub Company co-ower Paul Newman, decided to commission some real Cheshire cask ale, to take price of place behind their bars.
The Cheshire ale was used in David’s delicious ballotine of chicken while another of homegrown product, Tarporley Brie, was used in his Cheshire Cheese and New Potato gâteau.
David, former apprenticeship to Raymond Blanc and Commis Chef to Marco Pierre, said: “The BBC Good Food Show is a wonderful showcase of everything that makes British food the best in the world and Cheshire, quite rightly, has a reputation at the heart of that for producing quality cuisine.
“The BBC Good Food Shows are well regarded in the industry as a holy grail when it comes to the showcasing the finest that’s on offer so it was a perfect platform to showcase the exquisite local produce that is the pride of our region.
“ At the Old Sessions House it’s very important to us that we source our ingredients locally which is why we were so thrilled when our company was recently honored with the award for ‘Best Use Of Local Produce In A Menu’ at the Chester Food & Drink Awards.”
“On a personal level it was great to catch up with Si and Dave of the Hairy Bikers, who I’ve worked with a number of times. I swear that last time we all cooked together we were collectively 20 stone heavier.”
The Old Sessions House, David and Paul’s second stunning Cheshire venue, has undergone a £250,000 transformation encompassing a full interior refurbishment and the installation of a state-of-the-art kitchen, restoring one the town’s most prominent and historic buildings back to life a spectacular fashion.