The Old Dairy Kitchen and Trill Farm Garden work together as two of the enterprises at Trill Farm, in Musbury, Devon. In tune with the seasons, chef Chris Onions looks to Ashley & Kate’s garden as the creative muse for his menus year-round. And with this bountiful summer, there is no end to their collaborations. The pair will be in the Demo Tipi at Forde Abbey on Sunday 16th illustrating the crucial link between the vegetable garden and the kitchen, sharing skills and techniques for both. Chris will be cooking unique vegetable dishes with Ash’s fresh produce – a match made in heaven.
Chris Onions is a classically trained chef from Islay, Scotland and has worked in kitchens from Australia to Norway. Before arriving at The Old Dairy Kitchen at Trill Farm, Chris spent three years in Sweden offering care and training for a variety of disadvantaged groups as part of a Care Farm Cooperative. This project provided him with a new vision and vital training on how cooking and the garden can be used for rehabilitation and practical learning. On return to the UK, Chris became sous chef and tutor at River Cottage HQ, where the sourcing of local and organic ingredients strengthened Chris’s belief that chefs must take responsibility for the social and environmental effects their cooking has both locally and as part of the food system as a whole.