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Meet the chef: Neil Wiggins, Eastwell Manor Restaurant

PUBLISHED: 13:04 18 July 2012 | UPDATED: 21:38 20 February 2013

Meet the chef: Neil Wiggins, Eastwell Manor Restaurant

Meet the chef: Neil Wiggins, Eastwell Manor Restaurant

Eastwell's executive chef on why he's returned to the Manor

Meet the chef: Neil Wiggins, Eastwell Manor Restaurant


Tell us a bit about you


Im married to Claire and we have two children, Alice and Michael, and Hugo the dog. I held the same position at Eastwell Manor from 2002 to 2010, then did something different and returned to Eastwell this May. My spare time is spent when possible with family and following Everton FC.


What's your signature dish?


I dont really have a signature dish, but I love to cook with game when its in season especially as much of which is sourced from the Eastwell Estate.


What's your top cookery tip?


Always allow meat to rest once its cooked. It makes all the difference.


Who has been your biggest influence?


Influenced by the cooking of great chefs such as the Roux brothers, Pierre Koffman and Nico Ladenis and by working with Keith Mitchell, chef at the Grand in Eastbourne who is a real professional and always finds time for people.


What's your must-have kitchen gadget?


I couldnt do without my Robot Coup I cant imagine now what we did before they came along.


Who would you like to cook for?


I never got to cook for my nan, who always gave me great support and encouragement, so if I had a wish it would be that I could cook for her and show her how special she was. She was also a great cook and produced some fantastic family meals.

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