Episode 30 Hugo Hardman and
Arthur Voelcker – Chalkstream

In this episode we’re going to learn about farmed fish. When Hugo Hardman and Arthur Voelcker launched ChalkStream® in 2015, people tended to dismiss farmed trout as small, bony and muddy; salmon’s much poorer cousin.   

That’s why, in the early days, they had to get right in front of chefs, and show them what farmed trout could really become – if it was grown in fast-flowing clear waters that mimic the conditions of the fish’s natural habitat: the Test and Itchen chalk stream rivers in Hampshire.   

As you’ll hear, their so-called ‘power point presentation’ of a framed photograph and a large glistening trout on ice, worked wonders.  Now ChalkStream clients include big names such as P&O Ferries, British Airways and Wimbledon, as well as top restaurants all over the UK… and the trout farmers Hugo and Arthur work with face a much more secure future. 

Discover how, in the space of a few years, this partnership has managed to shake up trout farming in an impressively sustainable way.   

https://www.chalkstreamfoods.co.uk

Episode 29 – James Golding of The Pig

James Golding was passionate about cooking right from the start. Securing an apprenticeship and leaving home at the age of just 16, James climbed the cheffing ladder all the way up to the very top… Now owning an award winning, truly beautiful group of hotels and restaurants. No cheating, no luck – just pure passion that is reflected in all of The Pig venues that James plans to keep on living for generations to come. Learn a whole bunch more about how The Pig and it’s inspiring group chef director came to be in this weeks episode.

Episode 29 James Golding
The Pig restaurants with rooms

James Golding’s impressive chef career has come full circle. Yes, he’s worked with some very big names in London and New York. He learned his craft under Anton Edelmann at The Savoy and then moved to Le Caprice, working for Mark Hix. And as Head Chef at Soho House in New York, his team cooked for A list actors, music stars and royalty.  

But he began his culinary journey in and around the New Forest, foraging for mushrooms with his dad, and getting ‘bored out of his mind’ at Mr Bartlett’s, the butchers, when his parents were having nice chats about cuts of meat.  Fast forward around 20 years and James is back in his childhood stomping ground of Hampshire and Dorset.  

And as Group Chef Director of THE PIG, he makes sure that all the restaurants source their ingredients either from their own kitchen gardens or from producers within a 25 mile radius.  That includes beautiful cuts of meat, which James turns into British charcuterie with – wait for it – Mr Bartlett’s son!   

Passion has definitely replaced boyhood boredom, as you’ll hear…

Episode 28 – Simon Tolson of Rumsey

Simon Tolson is a fishing fanatic. An amazingly humble and successful human started his journey with the decision that books weren’t really for him – but boats REALLY were. Jumping from boat to business and back again, Simon is now passionate about his holiday home agency – Rumsey. In this weeks episode, he explains how buying Rumsey felt just as good as the first time he’d stepped onto a boat many years ago – and teaches us a little bit about how on earth you manage other peoples properties.

Episode 28 Simon Tolson
Rumsey Holiday Homes

Simon Tolson has had his fair share of highs and lows to get to where he is now in hospitality.  

An early high point was his first paid day as a fisherman. Since the age of 3 he’d wanted to fish and he felt like an astronaut when he stepped onto the deck…. But several years later, now married and with a mortgage, he had to switch careers.  He left the sea for a surprisingly different job – selling printers and photocopiers for Pitney Bowes. 

That led to a new high, because the sales skills Simon developed not only worked for office equipment.  They came in handy when he turned his attention to holiday homes. It was the early noughties, and there were generous tax breaks if you were renovating a property as a holiday let. Simon and a colleague began to build a new business, offering holiday homes as  promising investments. 

So far, so good.  But then in 2007, everything changed…. 

In this programme you’ll hear how Simon worked his way out of the prolonged low that followed… And how, despite challenging odds, he’s now the proud owner of Rumsey Holiday Homes, with beautiful views of the sea and the occasional chance to fish 

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