Nat-urally Tallent-ed: Lunch with Nat Tallents at Lusty Glaze Beach
Contestant on Masterchef: The Professionals 2012 and general good-egg: Nat is the new(ish) head chef at Lusty Glaze Beach. On a blustery November day Nat gave me the low-down on her love of Marco Pierre White (see tattoo), being Northern in Cornwall and how she was really terrible at cooking. She also reaffirmed my suspicions; that all good chefs wear crocs and they never eat breakfast!
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Lusty Glaze Rd, Newquay, Cornwall
Warm and laidback, Nat’s understated chat about her career to date and her culinary talent made me smile. Her childhood in Yorkshire was mainly tinned. In fact, she didn’t see fresh ingredients and her Mum is a terrible cook. Her Dad has never tasted her food, and the family can’t claim a penchant for restaurants either. Yet Nat started working in a restaurant as a young’un, and quickly became the restaurant manager. She made the leap into cooking because she thought that chefs have more fun… Her lack of know-how in her new role however meant that she had to Google the ingredients she was sent to the larder for(!) A natural flair was obviously running through her cheffy veins as within a year and a half she became head chef.
Her stint on Masterchef the Professionals pushed her to a new league of culinary achievement, and despite it not being the best of successes on the show… her signature dish is rabbit. Game and braising are very Yorkshire things I’m told. (TOP TIP for yorky-puds, make the batter the night before and pop into the fridge)
Nat has always wanted to move to Cornwall, and as her kitchen has a sea view at Lusty Glaze Beach you can see why. Nat at the helm has creatively evolved the Lusty Glaze menu. Describing her food as ‘simple good food’ is a bit of a cop out. Her food mixes subtle flavours using locally sourced ingredients and infuses a genuine knowledge of what makes people happy. The monkfish and chorizo risotto that I scoffed was rib-stickingly good tucker that made my heart smile whilst I gazed at the tide rolling in.
There are so many lovely things going on at Lusty Glaze Beach this winter to tempt you; but a visit just to try Nat’s food is more than worth it. Plus throw in the salty sea air and fabulous views it is a no-brainer.
Lusty Glaze Beach are doing a wicked Rock & Reel set menu as part of their logburner sessions. Check out their website for full details.