Meet the Chef - Elliot Hill
Elliot Hill, Head Chef at Oddfellows Chester turns an apple pudding on its head - with an odd twist and the addition of fennel!
Elliot Hill is the dynamic chef behind the food offering at the Oddfellows Hotel, the quirky boutique hotel, restaurant and cocktail bar that sits in the heart of Chester in a gorgeous Georgian townhouse. The design-led hotel collection (who also have Oddfellows On The Park, Cheadle) pride itself on restoring properties using the history of the building and its location as inspiration and recently redesigned the hotel's restaurant with living moss walls, antique mirrors and dramatic smoked glass lighting.
Elliot returned home to Cheshire from London in March 2018, where he held the Executive Chef role at The Park Tavern, Wandsworth. He was also previously part of the opening team at Hotel Gotham, Manchester and spent part of his career training in Russia.
Elliot said: 'Oddfellows has a strong food and beverage ethos where creativity is positively encouraged. I've put my mark on the menus and introduced 'odd' plates alongside more traditional menus. I want to make sure our diners have as much flexibility as possible to enjoy their experience – they might want a nibble with a cocktail, to share a salad and some small plates or a full gastronomic tasting menu experience. And they can eat anywhere they like - in the secret garden in the sunshine, our bar or the restaurant.'
He added: 'It goes without saying that quality, local and seasonal ingredients are at the forefront of everything we create. Cheshire is rich in brilliant ingredients and the produce we cultivate locally is world-class.'
Try Elliot's food at his Supper Club on Thursday, September 20th. Places are limited. £35 per head. For more information, call 01244 345454
Granny Smith and Fennel Granita with a Smoked Almond Crumble
A sharp, fresh seasonal dessert using UK-grown Granny Smiths, fennel - an ingredient that isn't traditionally 'sweet' and almonds.
130g green parts of fennel 60g fennel fronds
170ml water 90g sugar
3 granny smith apples, peeled and cored ½ lemon, juiced
Freeze the green part of the fennel
Bring the sugar and water to the boil, then chill
Blend at highest speed all ingredients until smooth
Pass through a sieve
Freeze in a plastic container, going back with a fork every 20 minutes to scrape off, until frozen
Smoked Almond Biscuit Crumble
50g caster sugar 50g demerara sugar
100g smoked almonds ground 100g unsalted butter (room temperature)
100g plain flour pinch salt
Sieve flour then add all the other ingredients and beat until they become a dough
Cover in fridge and chill to rest
Preheat oven at 160, place dough rolled equally to half a centimetre on a lined baking tray
Once cool, crumble up until relatively fine
100g almonds, ground 90g (+10) unsalted butter (room temperature)
100g caster sugar 2 medium to large eggs
25g self-raising flour 3 drops almond extract
½ vanilla pod scraped, 3g sea salt flakes, crushed into powder
Preheat the oven to 160 degrees Celsius
Cream the butter and sugar together, and then gradually add the egg
Pass the ground almonds, flour and salt through a sieve and fold into the butter mix
Add the almond extract and the scraping of vanilla pod
Line a loaf tin (12-15cm), and add the mix ¾ full
Bake for 20 minutes. Check cake is cooked by using a thin skewer probing the middle of the cake, if it comes out clear, then it is ready.
6 granny smith apples 1 ½ (1.5) lemons, juiced
Peel and core the apples, then chop them into equal 1cm cubes
Place in a microwave container with lemon juice and wrap in cling film 3 times
Microwave full power for 2 minutes, then shake and repeat twice more. (TOP TIP - the microwave is the best way to keep the beautiful colour of the apple - the stove top method will brown them as they cook!)
Once the apple is cooked, blend at full power until smooth, then chill immediately
Fennel fronds granny smith apple
Smoked almonds whole
Tear the cake into pieces, place on the bottom of the bowl.
Add the crumble to cover, then spoon on the apple puree.
Into the apple, puree add thin fresh slices of granny smith apple (or use a melon baller!).
Sprinkle the apple and fennel granita on to cover, finishing off with a garnish of fennel and smoked almonds.
Fancy booking a table…?
Oddfellows: 20 LOWER BRIDGE STREET, CHESTER, CH1 1RS
t: 01244 345454 e: firstname.lastname@example.org