In the Kitchen With… Ian Middleton

Taste Buds talks to the Head Chef at Dukes in Sidmouth

Chef Interview

Ian Middleton, Dukes

What is your inspiration?  
I find inspiration by working with good-quality local produce, having the sea on my doorstep, as well as working with a great team. 

Must-try dish on your menu?    
We’ve been trying out a few different combinations for our seafood burgers… look out for them when you pop in!                                                                                   

Sum up your cooking style in three words. 
Simple, seasonal and tasty. 

Local produce to eat now?
Skate wings and clams are great at this time of year. 

Do you prefer to eat in or out? 
l prefer to eat out – due to the amount of cooking we do daily, it’s nice for somebody else to do the cooking! 

A local chef you’d love to meet? 
Nathan Outlaw. I’ve eaten in his restaurants a number of times, and he’s just over the border in Cornwall.                       

Top tip for budding chefs? 
Work hard and stay focused, and be prepared for your life to change. Being a chef is not just a job, it's a career, and can be for a long time. I've been cooking for 21 years and I wouldn’t change a thing. 

Favourite kitchen gadget?
Thermomix – it's great for loads of things for day-to-day cooking.                                       

What’s the most unusual thing you’ve cooked with/eaten?
In my early days, I remember looking at a whole monkfish and thinking, where do I start? Now, cuttlefish is a new dish on the menu at our seafood night, and it sells really well.

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