Join us, on what will hopefully be a lovely summer’s evening, for our July Pop Up restaurant with Chef Martin Carabott. Taking place in the Tasting Room situated in the heart of the Estate with stunning views of the Vineyard and the South Downs.
Martin, 27, started cooking professionally at the age of 16, having studied at the Institute of Tourism Studies in Malta, his home country. During this time, he was picked to join the National Culinary Team to represent Malta in international competitions. He also spent a year’s internship at the Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland, where he returned after graduating.
At Gleneagles, he completed stages in the two Michelin starred restaurant Andrew Fairlie. He also competed in and was successful in various national culinary events, before moving to London to work at the Lanesborough Hotel’s Michelin starred Apsley’s restaurant, then run by Heinz Beck, holder of three Michelin stars at his La Pergola restaurant in Rome.
Leaving Apsley’s, he then joined The Royal Automobile Club to work in the fine dining restaurant with Executive Chef Philip Corrick. At the club, Martin worked his way up to Senior Sous Chef and participated in prestigious events such as The Craft Guild of Chefs National Chef of the Year, placing third in the final in 2015. He also won the CSMA of Great Britain Award for Culinary Excellence and achieved the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Award of Excellence in 2014, which led to him staging at the two Michelin starred Le Manor aux Quat Saison in Oxfordshire.
In 2016, Martin competed in three of the biggest culinary competitions in the UK: The Roux Scholarship, the National Chef of the Year, in both of which he was a finalist, and the British Culinary Federation Chef of the Year which he won.
He currently works with Isaac McHale, chef at the one Michelin starred The Clove Club in Shoreditch, (no.26 on the World’s 50 best restaurants list) at his new restaurant Luca, opened November 2016 which is modern British/Italian cuisine.
The evening will commence at 7.30pm when you will be welcomed with a glass of English sparkling wine. You will then be guided through a five-course tasting menu. Each course has a wine pairing should you choose to purchase a wine flight with your food ticket.
Location. The Tasting Room, Rathfinny Wine Estate, Alfriston, BN26 5TU
Join us, on what will hopefully be a lovely summer’s evening, for our August Pop Up Restaurant with Chef Ruth Hansom. Taking place in the Tasting Room situated in the heart of the Estate with stunning views of the Vineyard and the South Downs.
Ruth first started cooking whilst at school. She entered Springboard’s Future Chef competition for under 16s and came second in the national final. Consequently, she was offered a place at Westminster College and so finished her GCSEs and bravely moved to London. On arrival, she was offered a job by Frederick Forster, then of The Boundary.
Earlier this year, while working at The Ritz Ruth completed the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts apprenticeship with a distinction. During this time, Ruth has impressively competed in other competitions including: Master Chefs of Great Britain Young Chef of the Year (1st place in 2013 and 2014), Craft Guild of Chefs National Young Chef of the Year (2nd in 2013), Craft Guild Graduate Awards (received), World Skills UK (gold in 2012 and team UK), European Championships World Skills (bronze), Craft Guild of Chefs Young Chef of the Year (1st in 2016/17). She also received the Apprentice Chef Award at the Craft Guild of Chefs Awards in 2013 and the Craft Guild Rising Star Award in 2014.
Above all else, Ruth loves to raise money for Springboard, a charity that massively helped her at the beginning of her career and continues to support her.
Ruth is truly a rising star and one to watch!
The evening will commence at 7.30pm when you will be welcomed with a glass of English sparkling wine. You will then be guided through a five-course tasting menu. Each course with a wine pairing should you choose to purchase a wine flight with your food ticket.