Chris Harrod, The Whitebrook, Monmouthshires Michelin Star Restaurant with Rooms

ChrisMany thanks to Chris who has shared these images of his food from his restaurant in Wales, The Whitebrook. Chris has recently gained a Michelin Star, 11 months after opening the doors, a remarkable feat!Chris

This Raymond Blanc-trained chef bought the former Michelin-starred restaurant deep in the heart of the Monmouthshire countryside when it closed in March 2013

“It has been a long, hard slog and to have achieved a Michelin star in under a year is a credit to the team and all that hard work,” he admits. “We have tried to take the restaurant in a different direction and we are glad that Michelin has recognised that.”

Chris says that the inspiration for his food comes from the restaurant’s surroundings in the Wye Valley and much of the meat, fruit and vegetables and sourced locally.

“It’s the location that gives the restaurant its flavours,” says Chris. “And we are delighted Michelin has recognised that. Our aim is to present diners with the most amazing local ingredients and foraged findings from the valley. My plan was always to provide the Valley on a plate and for me it is all about the flavours. When someone tells me their food has taken them on a journey of flavours then I feel we have achieved what we set out to do. Raymond Blanc always told me not to be a sheep, to find something I enjoyed and was good at and to go for it. That is what we have done here.”