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Chef Brad Carter Interview

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Michelin-starred chef Brad Carter is looking forward to getting out of the kitchen and meeting food fans and producers at Ragley Food Festival, in Alcester, Father’s Day weekend.

We caught up with Brad who has appeared on television’s Saturday Kitchen, whowill be demonstrating the culinary skills that earnt him his prestigious star at Ragley Food Festival in the magnificent 18th century Ragley Hall between Worcester and Stratford-upon-Avon. Set in the hall’s stunning grounds, the event falls on Father’s Day weekend and – with a barbecue, craft beers and family fun galore – is the perfect place to take to Dad on 17-18 June.
Brad Carter is chef/proprietor at Carters of Moseley, which he launched in his hometown in 2010. The restaurant was awarded a Michelin star in the Michelin Guide 2016, making it the fifth restaurant in Birmingham to receive a coveted star.

Although proud to receive this and other honours, Brad hasn’t changed his core values and enjoys getting out and about and meeting everyday foodies. As a chef who is known to be passionate about seasonal food, Brad enjoys spending time at food festivals, receiving feedback from the public and listening to what other foodies want.

“It’s a chance to showcase the restaurant to a wider market and show people how passionate we are about food. You get a real sense of discovery from a larger audience,” he says.
He is looking forward to Ragley Hall Festival due to the large number of independent traders, producers and start-ups.

“I hope to be able to discover new suppliers from the region, and maybe cook with them on stage. Our food is ALWAYS driven by the ingredients.”
Brad loves the summer months and is eager to show off what can be done with British green peas, broad beans. strawberries and raspberries.
He says: “Our soft fruit is from nearby New Farm Produce, in Lichfield. We use both ripe and ‘green’ strawberries; we use the unripe berries in savoury dishes, which we are looking at using in our demo.”
Cooking seasonally is just an everyday job to Brad.

“It will be bang on seasonal just like we do in the restaurant. Our menus are based on ‘on-the-day ingredients’ using what comes in from our suppliers, so our demo will be the same.”
Brad has recently spent time in Cornwall bonding with his kitchen team and researching seafood and produce from the area; all of the restaurant’s seafood comes from the region.

“Our team visited our mussel farmer in Foye, in Cornwall, during our spring break; we like to work as a team. I met Gaz who farms our mussels in deep sea, rather than an estuary, which is rare – he is the first to do so. It makes a huge difference to the flavour. They are the best I’ve ever had, the meat is right to the rim, and the flavour is like nothing else I’ve tried before.
“Mussels now form one of our ‘snack’ dishes on our menu with wild garlic that we have fermented from last season mixed with fresh wild garlic with wild garlic seeds. We like to experiment with flavours all the time.”
Brad’s favourite dish on the menu at the moment is Cornish turbot.

“Its just at its best now due to the tides in Cornwall. Served with our own smoked roe, Lichfield asparagus and Kent truffles, you cant get much more seasonal and British than that,” he says.
The Michelin star still counts as one of the highlights of Brad’s career, though he says it was completely unexpected.

“I never realised what it meant and how it gives an inner confidence for the team and opens doors to help push the boundaries with exciting new ingredients and methods, whilst still keeping true to our roots: the flavour. It opens so many doors beyond the kitchen. I always wanted to go on Saturday Kitchen since I was a young chef, it was a dream come true when it happened.
“I do enjoy it. I never thought I’d be on TV, or even on stage, it’s so humbling.

Read more about Brad’s plans for the next year and Ragley Food Festival here

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