A taste of culinary creativity

Carlotta Pommetti (left) and Chris Mapp at the Tickled Trout wine tasting

Carlotta Pommetti (left) and Chris Mapp at the Tickled Trout wine tasting

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Diners at the Tickled Trout got their first taste of the owner’s illustrious pedigree at a wine-tasting evening last week...

Over the years, chef Chris Mapp has worked closely with Michelin-starred Gordon Ramsay and opened Number 6 at Padstow with Paul Ainsworth.

But the regular menu at his recently-opened bar and restaurant in his home village of Barlow reads more like Pizza Hut than Pétrus.

However, beneath the façade of pizza and pasta lies a quality that belies the simple listing.

And last Friday Chris set out to show customers what he can really do when he gives vent to his culinary creativity.

The occasion was a tasting evening designed to showcase the wines produced at the Pometti family vineyards in the hills of Trequanda, Tuscany.

Manager Carlotta Pometti introduced a selection of wines – and Chris served up a sophisticated four-course meal to accompany them.

Guests started with a selection of antipasti, followed by a main course of partridge .

Next came an unusual cheese course – a tarte tatin of goat’s cheese and caramelised shallots.

And finally a dessert of puréed apple with a shot of quince and a freshly-baked garibaldi biscuit.

Chris told guests he had enjoyed the challenge of designing a menu to complement the wines.

More special events are planned, including a beer tasting: “I think beer often goes better with cheese than wine does,” he said.