Luke Holder

Once I'd brought the cow up to the kitchen I took it to the butchery room where three of us started the break down process, which means separating the primal cuts from the bone and utilising the secondary cuts for charcuterie. There's way more to it than I had thought - from the brining of the meats to the spice salt cures and the rest!
People often ask what happens in a typical day as head chef at my restaurant Hartnett Holder & Co, at Lime Wood, deep in the heart of the New Forst? It's impossible to answer. Take last week for example. You'll never believe what we all had to do... a music video! I'm not talking Backstreet Boys here, it wasn't quite that painful, but it was beyond hysterical.