Cumbria-based chef, James Cross of Lake Road Kitchen, Ambleside, has won the Small but Mighty award in olive magazine’s inaugural Chef Awards, in association with Dark Horse Wine.
The winners of the 2018 Chef Awards are revealed in the latest edition of olive, which praises James for his “innovative food and DIY approach”.
olive magazine’s Chef Awards recognise the unheralded chefs, across seven categories, who have been quietly excelling in the background. Nominees for the awards were voted for by the public, with the winners being chosen by a panel of experts, including: olive magazine editor Laura Rowe; Bristol-based journalist and restaurant inspector Mark Taylor; award-winning food author and Guardian food columnistFelicity Cloake; and social media foodie influencer Clerkenwell Boy.
Head judge Laura Rowe, said: “James has appeared on olive’s radar numerous times and that’s because his obsessive commitment to producing ground-breaking food, in what feels like the middle of nowhere, stands out. He’s truly passionate about the land he lives and works in, and that is evident on every plate he produces. He lives and breathes Lake Road Kitchen.”