Meet the chef - Darren McCredie, Holly Bush Inn
PUBLISHED: 09:00 08 May 2014
Darren McCredie is head chef at the Holly Bush Inn at Makeney, a traditional and unspoilt 17th century pub
Has anyone inspired you?
My mum was my earliest inspiration as she was always trying to improve meals on a tight budget. In the cooking world, I admire Marcus Waring and the late Keith Floyd, who are both known for their ‘no nonsense’ approach. Keith was honest and passionate – no big budgets or messing about, just cooking.
What has been your most memorable dining experience?
A recent trip to our nearest Michelin star restaurant, Fischer’s at Baslow. It was a proper treat!
Who is your favourite local supplier?
Clare Burton at Whistling Walnut Foods. She has recently started up a small business and helps me to supply a greater range of products that are vegetarian and gluten-free.
Name your favourite...
Cinnamon, due to its versatility in sweet as well as savoury cooking. It works really well in North African dishes such as tagines.
Either a good hot lamb curry or a slow-cooked bolognese – real comfort food. My favourite sweet dish would always have to be tiramisu.
Cromford Canal. My partner and I regularly walk the dog there and because the scenery and wildlife change with the seasons, it is always different.