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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

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New business on the menu for chef

A chef from Whinlatter’s award-winning restaurant at The Cottage in the Wood has launched his own business.

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NEW WATERS: Chef Ryan Blackburn has started his own business

Ryan Blackburn, 33, who was head chef for over two years, will open his own restaurant in Ambleside next week.

The Old Stamp House Restaurant will serve Mr Blackburn’s renowned style of cooking, using ingredients from Cumbrian suppliers or foraged locally.

He has gone into business with his brother Craig, 31, and sister Olivia, 20.

Mr Blackburn, a Taste Cumbria ambassador, said: “It’s always been my dream to start my own business.

“I feel like I’m coming home, being from the Ambleside area.

“We are only serving ultra-local food which will be sourced from Cumbrian suppliers.

“The Herdwick lamb is from six miles away, pork from Lorton and fish from Whitehaven.”

During his time at the Whinlatter restaurant Mr Blackburn was named chef of the year 2013 by Cumbria Life magazine and was named as one of five of the UK’s rising culinary stars by the Square Meal guide.

His career has included working at Michelin-starred Holbeck Ghyll, Windermere, and the Martin Wishart restaurant in Edinburgh.

Chris Archer has taken over the role of head chef at The Cottage in the Wood.

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