About this Blog

Cooking at the Royal Show

I first got into writing when I was invited to pen a weekly recipe column for a Sunday newspaper.  Eighteen months later on a whim I googled my name, never dreaming for a moment it would come up…but there it was.

I found out that newspapers sell old copy to archival services on the internet, so like it or not my name was out there so I decided to blog.  I’ve now been on this journey since early 2006 and it has certainly been an interesting one, giving me opportunities to judge in food competitions, in the UK, Ireland and Spain I’ve gone on press trips around the UK, Canada, France Austria and Croatia.  I still have to balance this with earning a living via consulting and teaching, and lockdown meant much of the teaching moved online via zoom.

I launched this blog in April 2015, and as of December 2022 it has received 11,584,673 hits so I thank all my readers for their continued support.  I try hard to make my blog(s) readable and a mixture of my recipes, equipment reviews, cookbook reviews, trvelogues and food news. These days, you can find me quite easily on most social media sites Instagram, Facebook, TwitterTumblr, Pinterest and even have a YouTube channel  For more information about me just google    Chef Kevin Ashton. You can also find more about me here.

Please check out my other food blogs
Cheap and Easy Student Recipes -if you have someone you know about to leave home and go to University then here is an idea site for them.

Old Blog Posts -I first started blogging in February 2006 and wrote hundreds of posts gaining over 20 million page views up until late 2015. I am now in the process of gradually moving those posts to this archive blog so my followers can still access them.

Thank you for all your likes and comments they are appreciated.  🙂

31 thoughts on “About this Blog

  1. Hi Kevin!

    My name is Jess and I’m a journalist and podcast producer at BreakThru Radio, a multi-media platform covering independent news. One of the podcasts I host is called Biology of the Blog and revolves around interviewing one awesome blogger (such as yourself!) every week on the show. I’m wondering if you might be willing to come on air as a guest speaker in the next couple weeks and chat about your blog?

    The interview is not done live (don’t worry), so I can edit out any verbal pauses. I’ve found the best medium is Skype (mine) to phone (yours), and can give you a call from our studio.

    If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, please send me a reply along with some idea of availability over the next week or so and we can figure out more details.

    Thanks so much for your time and consideration!

    Warmly,

    Jess Goulart

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    1. Yes, Jessica, I’d be happy to be interviewed.
      Being a freelance chef and food writer my schedule varies. I have skype, my address is kevinashton55. I am going going to France on 4th August for a couple of weeks but other than that I can be flexible during the week. Early in the week is usually better. I can send you any information about my background, if that would be helpful. My email address is chefkevin1@hotmail.com

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  2. Hi Kevin,

    My name is Anuj Agarwal. I’m Founder of Feedspot.

    I would like to personally congratulate you as your blog Chef Kevin Ashton has been selected by our panelist as one of the Top 100 Chef Blogs on the web.

    http://blog.feedspot.com/chef_blogs/

    I personally give you a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this world. This is the most comprehensive list of Top 100 Chef Blogs on the internet and I’m honored to have you as part of this!

    Also, you have the honor of displaying the badge on your blog.

    Best,
    Anuj

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    1. Thank you Lynne for your kind words, I also have several other blogs worth a peek (I hope). https://cheapandeasystudentrecipes.wordpress.com/ As the name suggests its a collection of easy to do recipes.

      https://wannabetvchefoldblogposts.wordpress.com/ This blog is a growing archive of recipes and stories from my original blog (now defunct) which I started in 2006.

      Congratulations, on your book, Turtle Beach, I do like being around and interacting with creative people.

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  3. Hi, thanks for following my blog. I just checked out your butternut squash soup recipe. Funny thing is I have some butternut pumpkin soup on the stove now but made it before finding your recipe. I assume what we call butternut pumpkin in Australia is the same thing. I will look out for black garlic. Also will throw in some butter beans. I did roast the pumpkin, garlic and onion in the oven. Just waiting for the bread to finish cooking and it will be time to eat.

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    1. Welcome to my blog Linda, and yes you are correct Australians call it Butternut pumpkin whereas we in the UK call it Butternut squash. Black garlic originates from China so hopefully you might find an Australian online seller.
      Best Wishes
      Kevin

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  4. Hello Chef Kevin I have just found your blog and look forward to checking out your posts. We have some things in common I am originally from the Washington DC area and worked in many fine properties there such as the Watergate Hotel and the Weston Hotel, Sheriton Washington, etc. I even worked for a time across the street from the Hay Adams at the French Restaurant Henry Africa. I also traveled throughout Northern Europe and trained in Pastry in Dusseldorf, I once tried to work in London at the Savoy Hotel when I wasn’t able to get an interview I went to Germany instead. I am a retired Exec Chef and now a full-time teacher and author of “Pastry & Dessert Techniques”. Glad to have found your blog and thanks for following mine.

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    1. Dear Daniel,
      Thank you so much for taking time to write and tell me more about yourself and your interesting career. It seems we have had many similar experiences. I too spend most of my time these days teaching, which free’s me up for more food writing.
      And talking of the Watergate, I never work with Jean Louis Palladin, but I used hang out with him from time to time. His cookbook Cooking With the Seasons, is still my favourite cookbook.
      Please stay in touch and I love your new kitchen.

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      1. Jean Louis was an Icon in the culinary world and I was lucky to have known him. I used to bring some of my dishes down to him from the main kitchen with the Winter garden restaurant upstairs to him for his critique and feed back. I also helped him put out banquets on occasion. He signed a letter of reference when I left the hotel and his book is also one of my favorites. I am wondering if we met before, when the Hay Adams first opened I came by for a visit. Were you the chef at that time? Also do you know Terry Greenhouse he is British and came to work with us from the fine dining room of the QE2 for about a month when the hotel was in between chefs.

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      2. I was Sous chef at the Hay Adams and I remember Rose Narva was the hotel’s general manager at the time. The Hay Adams did have a British Head Chef who had come from the British Embassy but I can’t remember his name? And sorry no, I don’t know Terry.
        Best Wishes
        Kevin

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