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Celebrity Chef Jean Christophe Novelli dines with James Day of ETM

JD of ETM with JC

JD of ETM with JC

During his 2 day stint at this years West Mid Show in Shrewsbury, Jean Christophe praised the diversity of what Shropshire has to offer for consumers, and diners alike. During his demonstrations he invited regional chefs who source their produce from the locality, including Richard Fletcher from The Pheasant at Admaston, and Michel Nijsten from from the Albright Hussey Hotel in Shrewsbury – also calling on his old friend and protégée Jamie Yardley from The Boyne Arms in Burwarton Near Bridgnorth, whom he described whilst on stage as ‘one of the most talented chefs I have ever worked with’. Jamie worked with Jean Christophe for 4 years at Brocket Hall in Hertfordshire.

In the evening Jean Christophe took timeout of his busy schedule to visit The Boyne Arms, to relax and enjoy some of Jamie’s cuisine. Whilst dining with fellow gourmand James Day of Shropshire based dining club ‘Gourmet-Life‘ and, Jean Christophe commented “I am so pleased to see what Jamie as achieved at the Boyne Arms, it is a fantastic setting, and Jamie has a real talent out of getting the best out of ingredients that this regions has to offer.” continuing “I am well aware how hard it is to run restaurants in this current environment, but Jamie has done an admirable job of promoting the best that the region has to offer helped by people like yourselves, Jamie seems to be bucking the trends, and is enjoying a busy restaurant, I congratulate Jamie and all involved – I am very impressed with Shropshire and what the county has to offer, I will certainly be back”

The Boyne is now run by Jamie Yardley and his wife Nere, and is a popular destination for many Shropshire foodies, who enjoy Jamie’s culinary skills using local produce, and those he learnt under the direction of Jean Christophe “It’s great to see JC again after so long. We don’t manage to catch up with our busy schedules and my young family, but JC was kind enough to give me a call when he knew he was coming to Shropshire, and he managed to find time to dine with us, which was a real pleasure to cook for him again, and by all accounts he was more than satisfied. “

James Day of Gourmet Life added “It was a real pleasure to spend time with a chef like Jean Christophe, he is so passionate about local produce, and creating the best from such ingredients – he is such an inspiration to our members, and we look forward to working with Jean Christophe in the future”

Contacts Jamie Yardley Boyne Arms: 01746 787214

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