Our very own Chef Verden has been featured in this month's Taunton Living Magazine . You can find him in the 'Meet the Chefs' section which introduces us to fantastic local chefs who champion local produce and serve it up beautifully to you.
"I've spent most of my career in the best country house hotels and award winning pubs in the UK. Clavelshay Barn is set on a working dairy farm and serves modern local food with a country twist. Our ethos is to source from and support local suppliers and producers."
What do you like particularly about working at Clavelshay Barn?
I enjoy working at Clavelshay Barn as it isn't very often as a chef you have a farm right outside your window. This gives me scope to source animals, grow fruit and vegetables in our walled garden and forage for wild food in the woodland.
Which is your favourite season for the best produce and why?
Autumn has to be my favourite season, the nights are drawing in and the store cupboard is full of bounty from recent harvest of the veg garden. Cosy nights call for hearty tasty food, stews, casseroles, confit and slow braise are all favourites and lend their selves to this season.
What inspires you in the kitchen?
It sounds cheesy but nature inspires me in the kitchen, just a walk through the country or a visit to the veg garden to see what's growing. From a base ingredient I can start to build and create dishes, if it's in season it's going to be at its best.