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A taste of the Wild Wild West heads to Kent for gastropub’s Celebrity Guest Chef Evening

The Kentish Hare, Tunbridge Wells

TV chef Dean Edwards, and his Wild Wild West co-star, James Tanner, reunite tonight to treat guests to an evening of unforgettable locally inspired food at award-winning Bidborough gastropub, The Kentish Hare.

TV chef and author Dean Edwards, and restaurateur and co-star, James Tanner are joining forces this evening to bring a slice of the West Country to Kent diners, offering up an evening of quality food inspired by their recent ITV mini-series, Wild Wild West.

Airing on ITV’s Lorraine over the summer, the successful four-part Wild Wild West mini-series followed the duo as they toured the West Country in search of its finest ingredients,  showing viewers how to cook up some of the region’s most loved recipes with a unique twist.

Taking over The Kentish Hare kitchen for one night only, diners will tonight be treated to a specially designed three-course menu featuring the very best West Country produce, with some of the show’s most popular dishes also set to be served up.

It’s the second event of its kind this year for The Kentish Hare, with co-owners and brothers James and Chris Tanner teaming up with ‘Masterchef: The Professionals’ finalist Elly Wentworth and fellow former contestant, Dean Westcar back in May.  With tickets selling out in just hours, the night was a major success for the award-winning gastropub.

The Tanner Brothers will be joined in The Kentish Hare kitchen tonight by TV chef and author, Dean Edwards

James Tanner, TV Chef and The Kentish Hare co-owner said: “We recently held a similar event at our Plymouth brasserie, Barbican Kitchen – where all the West Country produce is local to us. It was a great success, and we’re really excited to now be bringing our unique twists on some traditional regional dishes to The Kentish Hare.

“Chris and I are firm believers in cooking with the very freshest in seasonal produce, and in the West Country we’re extremely fortunate to be able to find most of it on our own doorsteps – just as we are in Kent. It’s an ethos that Dean shares, and it’s also why we made such a good team when filming Wild Wild West.

“We had a great response to the mini-series, and we can’t wait to give diners the chance to try some of our dishes. Dean is a very talented chef and makes for the perfect partner in helping to give diners a special and unique taste of the West Country!”

Chef and author, Dean Edwards, is a regular guest on ITV’s Lorraine, as well as number of other popular cooking shows. Speaking about the guest evening he said: “My take on cooking is that dishes should be achievable and simple, while tasting fantastic –  after all, quality food doesn’t have to be complicated. Like the Tanner brothers, I take my inspiration from across the globe, but always use familiar ingredients that are locally sourced wherever possible.

“Our first guest chef event together down in Plymouth was an evening to remember, and this one will be no different. We’ve got a special menu for diners which is a celebration of some of the West Country’s favourite ingredients, including Cornish mackerel, West Country pork and clotted cream. I look forward to seeing everyone there!”