Masterchef winner Mat Follas looks forward to new Dorchester venture

Dorset Echo: Former Masterchef champ confirms Dorchester venture Former Masterchef champ confirms Dorchester venture

FORMER Masterchef winner Mat Follas has has told of his desire to get back in the kitchen as he opens a new restaurant in Dorchester.

The Echo revealed last week that the former owner of The Wild Garlic would be opening his new restaurant at The Casterbridge Hotel on Friday and Saturday evenings from March 7.

Mat has vowed to take his award winning food from The Wild Garlic in Beaminster as the starting point for the new restaurant after he and his team were awarded two AA Rosettes for three years there and were listed in the Michelin Guide and Good Food Guide as well as winning rave reviews in the national press.

Mat, whose other Dorset ventures include a stint running the Chesil Beach Cafe on Portland and a restaurant at the Talbot Inn in Iwerne Minster, wrote an introduction for the AA restaurant guide for 2014 focusing on food trends and specifically foraged and wild ingredients and these elements feature in the dishes he has planned for the Dorchester eatery.

His menu in March will include a main course of rabbit ravioli parcels while other dishes include a slow cooked lamb terrine and a dessert of rhubarb and whisky crumble.

Mat’s offerings will also include daily catches of fish and other locally sourced ingredients.

He said: “I’m delighted to be heading back to the kitchen, this time it’s just me cooking for a small restaurant, no partners or other people involved, it will only be open when I’m there.

“The Casterbridge is a delightful, classic, small hotel with two wonderful dining spaces, a small dining room and a lovely conservatory area for guests to choose between.

“My food will match the surroundings, with a more classic menu than I have done in the past, we will take the best of The Wild Garlic's dishes as my inspiration and we will maintain a comfortable and relaxed dining experience.”

Melvin and Monica Curtis of The Casterbridge Hotel said: “We’re thrilled to have Mat cooking at our hotel.

“Dorchester has recently had an influx of chain restaurants and hotels and this is a great opportunity to balance that with a high end, bespoke offering, this provides great choice for Dorchester and surrounding area residents.

“We know Mat will help bring tourist trade and interest from outside Dorset to Dorchester too.”

For more information visit matfollas.com or to book a table at the Casterbridge call 01305 260884.

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2:55pm Tue 25 Feb 14

elloello1980 says...

I hope he sticks to what he does best, and get's the business required to sustain it. Thus, giving no excuse to cut corners on this one ;)
I hope he sticks to what he does best, and get's the business required to sustain it. Thus, giving no excuse to cut corners on this one ;) elloello1980
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3:04pm Tue 25 Feb 14

weymouthfox says...

More overpriced food like the £16 beefburgers at the Chesil Beach cafe.
More overpriced food like the £16 beefburgers at the Chesil Beach cafe. weymouthfox
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4:43pm Tue 25 Feb 14

woodsedge says...

Who does this cook know to get so much free advertising?
Who does this cook know to get so much free advertising? woodsedge
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6:31pm Tue 25 Feb 14

I'mavoter says...

woodsedge wrote:
Who does this cook know to get so much free advertising?
Mmm makes you wonder doesn't it.. I also agree with 'weymouthfox'. The food at Chesil beach restaurant was grossly over priced, and poor value for money, which I guess is why it didn't last long.
[quote][p][bold]woodsedge[/bold] wrote: Who does this cook know to get so much free advertising?[/p][/quote]Mmm makes you wonder doesn't it.. I also agree with 'weymouthfox'. The food at Chesil beach restaurant was grossly over priced, and poor value for money, which I guess is why it didn't last long. I'mavoter
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7:37pm Tue 25 Feb 14

cosmick says...

Dont forget up at DORCHESTER theres plenty of money about to help private companys. He may ask for a share of £2,000000.00 going begging.
Dont forget up at DORCHESTER theres plenty of money about to help private companys. He may ask for a share of £2,000000.00 going begging. cosmick
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