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Josh Eggleton is the Chef Patron of the Pony Chew Valley (Formerly Michelin Starred Pony & Trap) he grew up in South Bristol near the picturesque Chew Valley, and the chef has always been family orientated.

Perhaps the biggest influence on the way Josh Eggleton cooks today, though, was his father. As well as owning his own business – something Josh felt from a young age that he himself would like to do in future – he did a lot of the household cooking. While his father’s repertoire was limited to “simple things like spaghetti Bolognese and quiche”, he was still able to provide his son with an invaluable knowledge of the basics that he has carried with him throughout his life.

When he was fifteen years old he began working at his local fish and chip shop, followed by jobs at a nearby pub and in a John Lewis restaurant when he left school, the latter helping him appreciate the logistics of “catering en masse”. In 2003 Josh Eggleton’s promise was recognised, and the young chef became a Gordon Ramsay Scholar. This accolade allowed him to take in the culinary cultures of Sicily, America and France by working in such world-renowned establishments as Il Mulinazzo, Chanterelle and The French Laundry. Upon his return he moved back to South Bristol determined to open a place of his own. Backed by various members of his family, and with Holly in charge of the front of house, the pair took over the The Pony and Trap in Chew Magna, transforming the kitchen into something world-class. The Pony & Trap closed during the covid pandemic and underwent an extensive renovation re-opening in early 2023 under the new guise The Pony Chew Valley

Along with his Sister and business Partner Holly Eggleton, they continue to be passionate about sustainability and ethical sourcing, and they strive to create a positive impact on the local community and environment through their businesses. They have become respected figures in the UK culinary scene and are known for their commitment to excellence and innovation in hospitality. Josh continues to be an ambassador and leader for many community projects including The Mazi ProjectAnti- Banquet, and more.

He focuses on elevated contemporary British cooking, taking inspiration from the local area and produce around him.

Porthleven 26-28 April 2024

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