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Isle of Wight chef earns accolade

Thu 27 Oct 2011

Isle of Wight chef earns accolade

Isle of Wight holidays could be set for a boost in popularity following the news that a chef based on the island has been given a prestigious award.

Robert Thompson - who cooks at The Hambrough in Ventnor - has been named in the top 100 Hardens guide, the first time he has been handed the accolade.

According to a report by the Isle of Wight County press, Thompson came out on top of a range of celebrity chefs who are famous for appearing on television shows.

Speaking to the news provider, Thompson - who has a Michelin star to his name - stated that all of the staff at The Hambrough are "over the moon" with being named in the prestigious guide.

"It's always great to get the recognition for all the blood, sweat and tears that are part and parcel of this hugely satisfying job," he said.

Gordon Ramsay, Nathan Outlaw, Marcus Wareing and Tom Kitchin are among the big names to have been beaten by Thompson in the guide this year.

The news caps a fantastic year for everyone at The Hambrough, with it picking up eight awards over the course of the last few months.

It has made it the most successful year ever for the Isle of Wight restaurant, after it was placed 20th in the Good Food Guide.

The Hambrough also got 28th spot in Square Meal BMW Awards, featured in the AA's Notable Wine List and was included in the AA's Critics' Choice 2012.

Other accolades collected over the course of the year by Thompson and his staff are three AA Rosettes and being named the AA's Funkiest B&B.

Thompson uses local ingredients as much as possible when creating his menu at the Hambrough, which could encourage those on Isle of Wight holidays to treat themselves to a meal at the location, which boasts views across the English Channel.

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