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Cafe run by former MasterChef champion temporarily closed
12:30pm Monday 7th January 2013 in News
A CAFE run by a former MasterChef champion has temporarily closed its doors.
The Chesil Beach Cafe at the revamped Fine Foundation Chesil Beach Centre on Portland stopped taking bookings for dates after yesterday.
The centre re-opened on July 21 last year following a major £1.1m refurbishment.
It is run by Dorset Wildlife Trust on behalf of a partnership including Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, the Jurassic Coast Team and the Chesil Bank and the Fleet Nature Reserve.
Beaminster chef Mat Follas, winner of Masterchef 2009, operated the cafe with a ‘strong emphasis on sustainable and locally sourced food’.
Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Discover Chesil project officer Emily Brown confirmed the closure and was unable to give any more details about the future of the cafe.
She said: “It’s under consideration at the moment and still being discussed.
“The cafe is closing temporarily.”
Mat Follas scooped a hat trick of accolades last year at his Beaminster restaurant The Wild Garlic, which made it in the Michelin, AA and Good Food Guides for the third year running.