THE COOK BOOK – A Celebration of West Kent’s Chefs, Kitchens and Producers

Launch time for Tree of Hope’s Cookbook! Photo from left to right, Well Devlin, The Small Holding; Julie Docherty, The Papermakers Arms; Brian Whiting, Whiting and Hammond; Bruce McMichael, The Lemon Grove; Doug White, Fuggles Beer Cafe; Ben Sulston, Sulston’s Kitchen; LouLou Hamilton, Cocolicious; Russell Goad, Rustled Up.

PRESS RELEASE: Tree of Hope has announced they are compiling ‘The Cook Book Sevenoaks/Tonbridge/Tunbridge Wells’ in collaboration with Caroline Kings from Eat Around Tonbridge, Food Photographer Severien Vits and Events Organiser and foodie Charlotte Rogers. This book will be a celebration of the chefs, restaurants and producers in West Kent and feature stories and recipes from these businesses. It has long been known that Kent has a great diversity in terms of its food and The Cook Book is also a way of bringing the local community together in a celebration of our wonderful food culture and history.
Interest in ‘The Cook Book’ has been rapidly building and with an abundance of local, well loved eateries already signed up to be in the book this promises to be a must have buy this year for all foodies. Notable locals already featuring include Whiting and Hammond, The Smallholding, Cocolicious, Fuggles Beer Café, Sulstons Kitchen, local chef Russell Goad, Papermakers Arms and The Lemon Grove, Vittle and Swig, The Plough at Ivy Hatch and The Beacon. Contact Kate Bourne at Tree of Hope on 01892 535525 to request your favourite dish appears- but let us know soon as the book is almost full.
Bruce McMichael of The Lemon Grove comments: “Sharing recipes, ingredients and food is a great way to build a strong, sharing, caring community, and I am proud to be working with Tree of Hope on this amazing book representing many of our towns’ innovative and creative chefs, producers and restaurateurs.”
Doug White of Fuggles Beer Café comments: “We believe that pubs still hold a place at the heart of a community and communities are all about supporting each other. We are hugely proud to be working alongside Tree of Hope and helping them support those who need it the most.”
The book will be published in conjunction with independent cook book specialists Meze Publishing who have previously published a number of best-selling regional cook books. The book will be published on November 1st and available to buy at all participating outlets and you can be sure to secure your limited edition when we release pre-order details- whatch this space.
Gill Gibb, CEO at Tree of Hope comments: “We are incredibly excited to be putting together The Cook Book, a celebration of the wonderful food within the local area and also to celebrate a real sense of community and pride in this project. We are great food lovers at Tree of Hope and from talking to people in the area, we believe there are many more that are going to really appreciate this book.”
All profits from the book will raise funds for Tree of Hope which is inspired by the success of the charity’s first annual Dine and Donate campaign which took place earlier this year and raised over £10,000 for the charity.

Launch time for Tree of Hope in Tonbridge Castle
Bruce McMichael

Food writing, discovering food stories, meeting producers, chefs and food enthusiasts are all part of desire to inspire, inform my readers and fellow food lovers. I am a freelance writer, journalist and published author focusing on the international world of food and drink, culture and travel. In 2019 I graduated from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, Italy with a Masters in Food Culture, Communication and Marketing. I am now a visiting Professor at the university teaching Food & Drink Writing. Based in London I travel widely, particularly across western Europe. I have chaired many conferences and meetings, spoken at conferences and events and often appear on radio and TV talking most about food, the business of food and being an entrepreneur. In 2017 I won an episode of the ITV (the UK-based national television channel) cooking competition show, 'Gordon Ramsay's Culinary Genius'. I took my children on holiday to Sicily with the prize money. As an experienced farmers' market manager and operator of a small marmalade/ preserves company, I am very familiar with the issues surrounding local food, farming, enterprise and the environment.

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