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…