Gorgeous Guernsey food and cook book by Tony Leck

December 13th, 2011 by Richard Lord

Tony Leck has a produced a delicious book, Pavilion on a Plate – Fresh Flavours of Guernsey, lavishly illustrated with food and farm photography by Ally Clark.

The book encapsulates Guernsey’s food culture with gorgeous recipes and lovely vignettes of island life.

(click book cover to go to Tony Leck's Pavillion on a plate website)

Guernsey is a mere twelve miles long and yet this small island is up there with the big names when it comes to producing and cooking the best food.

The book highlights recipes from the kitchens of Tony’s award-winning The Pavilion restaurant, and delicious Guernsey farm food.

Tony blends the natural bounty of the island with 30 years experience as a chef to create more than 100 illustrated recipes, some of them unique to Guernsey.

Guernsey's famous cow produces wonderfully rich dairy products (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

There is the meaty and satisfying Guernsey bean pot, the heart warming ormer casserole made from a molluscan shellfish, the abalone, which is found in the British Isles only in Guernsey and Jersey, and a modern twist on a dish, Potato Peel Pie, dating from lean times during the World War II German occupation of the island.

The cookbook has numerous dishes familiar to home cooks that are simple to prepare and bursting with natural flavours.

‘Pavilion on a Plate’ tells of Tony’s journey from his boyhood home in Cumbria to Guernsey, which the second-largest of the beautiful Channel Islands.

“Good food has been my passion for as long as I can remember. But it was in Guernsey that I found inspiration,” he writes in the introduction to the 224-page fully-illustrated hardback book, which is now available in bookshops or direct from the The Pavillion Restaurant.

Tony places great emphasis on the quality of his ingredients, the vast majority of which come from Guernsey farms and specialist producers.

Porky's pig farm is one of the suppliers featured in the book (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The book introduces us to James Meller who runs the island’s cider company. Tony tells us the story of Fenella Maddison whose unique variety of cheese rivals France’s best. He takes us to visit Siegi Moherndl who produces, in his view, “the finest herbs in the world”.

“I came to Guernsey in 1987 and loved the place from the start,” Tony said.

“There was a genuine thrill in discovering the delights of fresh produce of such a remarkable standard. We take these raw ingredients and turn them into something that satisfies all the senses. We aim to create something that is pleasant to look at and also makes the most of the natural flavours,” he said.

Although small by mainland standards, The Pavilion, tucked away in the lovely countryside in the parish of St Saviour, has won widespread acclaim.

Tony Leck’s skills in the kitchen have been praised by celebrity chef Brian Turner CBE, who personally writes the foreword to the new book.

The book is available on-line and at the following retail outlets in Guernsey:

St Peter Port

Parish of St. Saviour

Parish of St. Martin

  • St Martin Grande Marche Co-op
  • Goodies
  • Maison
  • Captains
  • Ben Le Prevost Chocolates

Forest parish

  • Forest Stores

St Pierre du Bois

  • St Peter’s post office

St. Sampson

  • St Sampson Locale Co-op
  • Quayside
  • Flabour of Channel Islands at Oatlands

Vale

  • Earlswood Garden Centre

 

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