Chefs’ Theatre – 12.15pm – Saturday
Josh Eggleton is Chef Patron of multi-award winning pub The Pony & Trap in Chew Magna and co-founder of the pop-up restaurant and food festival, Eat Drink Bristol Fashion, which takes place on Bristol’s Queen Square each year.
Making his name at The Pony & Trap, Josh and his sister Holly have taken the 200 year old pub from strength to strength since their arrival in 2006, which made Josh one of the youngest pub and restaurant proprietors in the country at just 22. Now recognised as one of the most exciting places to eat in the South West, in 2011 the Pony & Trap was awarded a prestigious Michelin Star which it maintained for the fourth year in 2014. This year the pub was also voted second in the Publican Morning Advertiser’s Top 50 UK Gastropubs in January 2015, and Tourism Pub of the Year in the South West Tourism Awards.
While The Pony & Trap triumphs on the food front, it also maintains and has built on its ethos and reputation as a sustainable business, with the introduction of a Field to Fork Kite Mark which will be used across all of its dishes sourced from within 20 miles of the pub. Josh is a huge advocate for promoting sustainable food, being part of the creation and operation of a number of businesses in the region designed to promote Field to Fork dining and organic farming methods.
As an advocate for South West food, last year he was invited to appear on BBC 2’s Great British Menu. Cooking an ambitious menu, Josh worked with inspiration from his Nan’s wartime experience to create a four course D-Day dinner with an incredible five part dessert in just under an hour for the series culmination.
Josh is the co-founder and curator of Eat Drink Bristol Fashion, a collaborative project that champions sustainable food production, ethical food systems and food traceability – knowing where your food has come from. This unique pop-up restaurant project showcases the best chefs from Bristol and the South West plus 12 days of tapas, live music and delicious drinks in a completely unique setting from 29th April – 10th May 2015. With the event now attracting over 25,000 annually and having firmly cemented Bristol’s place on the culinary map. This year Josh was given a Special Recognition by Destination Bristol for his efforts to “set Bristol apart as a remarkable destination for quality food and drink”.