Peak of good taste for chef Gino

Gino D'Acampo with the contestants
Gino D'Acampo with the contestants

Peak District foodies gave the nation a taste of good old-fashioned home cooking when they took part in a TV programme with celebrity chef Gino D’Acampo.

ITV’s No Taste Like Home is a hunt to find the UK’s best family heritage dishes passed down over the years.

The latest episode was filmed at Rowley’s gastro-pub in Baslow and featured Dronfield farmer Richard Gill, home economist Ann Wall and Buxton butcher Mac Burnham.

Each had to cook a family dish with the help of Gino and Rowley’s head chef Tom Samworth, then serve it up to 50 diners who chose their favourite.

Ann’s choice was her gran’s trout in cream, while Mac cooked up his gran’s Ayrshire broth.

But the winner was Richard, who served up great grandma Jessie’s Sunday roast – in this case roast water buffalo bred on his farm just up the road at Eastmoor.

The dish, in steak form, will now feature on Rowley’s menu for the next month, with the meat supplied by Richard, who also runs Farmhouse Pantry in Dronfield Woodhouse.

The move coincides with the launch of a new fixed price menu at Rowley’s: “We’re attempting to make it a bit more approachable with fair pricing that potential customers can budget for,” says manager Alistair Myers.

The lunch and supper menu costs £18.50 for two courses or £22.50 for three.

Highlights include Barlow wood pigeon with black pudding, beetroot and walnut salad, pan-fried fillet of seabass with clam and mussel linguine and chocolate marshmallow mousse with cinder toffee parfait.

Lesley Draper