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Member of the Month September 2018: Sam Taylor

Here at Nurtured in Norfolk, we believe that our customers are what make Nurtured in Norfolk what we are today and we would like to thank you all by showcasing & celebrating your culinary talents – this month’s winner is Sam Taylor, a member who regularly contributes to our project ‘The Nurtured way – showcasing culinary talents and bringing you everything within the chef’s world’.

We spoke to Chef San Taylor to find out more about him…

Sam Taylor is the Head Chef at The Village Maid Lound. He has been a chef for around 12 years, working all over Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex.


Why did you become a chef?

My dad was a chef when I was young, I always wanted to follow in his footsteps.


What is your cooking style & what can people expect from the food on your menu?

My cooking style varies from season to season, simple clean flavours in the summer, complex hearty dishes in the winter, always seasonal and local produce.


What is your favourite cuisine & dish to cook?

I love to cook British food, taking a classic dish and using modern techniques to make it the best it can be.


What is your greatest accomplishment?

When I got the job I have now as head chef. I had been sous chef in many different places and finally took the jump to head chef.


What do you do to stay current on new trends? Describe 2 or 3 of the most industry trends.

I follow food trends by looking through social media, Instagram, twitter. Looking at what people are doing all over the country and seeing how I can make that work in a small country pub, using things like powders, micro herbs, edible flowers and gels.


What do you like about Nurtured in Norfolk’s new launch ‘The Nurtured Way’?

It’s a great way to showcase the food we produce using the products you send which are always perfect and can finish a dish perfectly.


Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time & are there any plans for the future?

In 5 years, I hope to own my own restaurant in Norwich, I have been working towards that ever since I started working in the area.


Do you want to be the next member of the month? Start sharing your images, videos & recipes with @thenurturedway to be in with a chance of winning!

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