Ben Tollworthy, Somerset Foodie

Ben's passion for good food stems from his rural childhood experimenting with an abundance of homegrown produce. An inspiring and accomplished chef, Ben  relishes the energy and creativity of busy restaurant kitchens. Working with professional chefs for over twenty years has made him an expert in seeking out the most delicious and versatile ingredients.

Ben and the Somerset Foodie team are committed to sharing this knowledge and passion for creative cookery with you. Shop our ingredients and follow our video recipes. Ben is on a mission to transform the meals you create at home, bring the secrets of the professional kitchen to your family table and take you on a new food adventure every day.

Ben's Foodie recipes to follow
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We care passionately about our carbon footprint, so we pack all our raw wholefood ingredients in 100% compostable wood-pulp bags and use biodegradable paper labels.

We aim to offer a realistic alternative to the price-driven, ultra-convenient shopping experience of the supermarket 'big guns' that we have all grown used to. 

Our mission is to encourage more people to shop locally for good food and to create sustainable diversification within the food industry. 

Here at Somerset Foodie we hope we can play a small but significant part of the local food revolution. 

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"Food is at the heart of families and of friendship. It is a vital shared experience that bonds human beings together… Cooking for someone is an act of generosity, and receiving that food with thanks demonstrates respect and gratitude... A good meal shared allows us to re-set our perspective on the world, to remind ourselves what is really important." 

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

Kombu Dashi Braised Shin of Beef
Kombu Dashi Braised Shin of Beef

The Japanese understand seasoning better than anyone. People talk about 'umami' as the 5th sense of taste, elevating savoury flavours to a new level. Umami literally translates as 'yummy' and was first discussed in Tokyo in the early 20th century. 
Ben's basic Sushi Recipe
Ben's basic Sushi Recipe

The idea of making sushi can be a little intimidating, particularly when you hear stories of 15-year sushi chef apprenticeships. The truth is, it's pretty straightforward. You can experiment with loads of different fillings - they are not hard to find in your local shop, and if you're not a fan of handling raw fish, then use smoked fish or just vegetables instead. You could also try different meat fillings like hoisin duck or char sui pork if you're feeling adventurous.

Chorizo, White Bean & Potato Stew
Chorizo, White Bean & Potato Stew

A few years ago I was lucky enough to go on a cycling tour with a few mates where we followed the Ebro River in Spain, from its source, down into the famous Rioja wine region. As this was a self-guided tour we were given two pieces of advice when it came to lunch stops.
Simple Pad Thai
Simple Pad Thai

Pad Thai is one of Thailand’s iconic dishes with flavours of tamarind, palm sugar, fish sauce, roasted peanuts and zingy lime juice, it’s a real favourite along Bangkok’s famous famous Khaosan Road.

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Monica Chia - Karimix Pastes and Sauces
Monica Chia - Karimix Pastes and Sauces

I've worked with Monica Chia, owner of independent business Karimix for many years. I have supplied her amazing pastes and sauces to chefs in hotels and restaurants all over the UK. This is a fab independent food manufacturer based in Kent.
Pockeredge Pantry: Jams, Pickles & Preserves
Pockeredge Pantry: Jams, Pickles & Preserves

Every delicious jar of produce is made by Lucy at Pockeredge Pantry in Corsham. Lucy only ever makes batches when the fruit or veg is in season, using fresh ingredients, never frozen.

Bristol Twenty Tea & Coffee - local, ethical and delicious
Bristol Twenty Tea & Coffee - local, ethical and delicious

Here at Somerset Foodie we are really proud to sell Bristol Twenty Coffee and Tea. Bristol Twenty are a friendly, local, family owned and run business with a brilliant, ethical approach. The team source the very best green coffee beans from around the globe and roast them daily for maximum freshness. 
Root Connections CIC - Veg and Flowers
Root Connections CIC - Veg and Flowers

Have you heard about Root Connections? Introducing this fantastic local Community Interest Company, selling fresh, chemical free vegetables with a social impact. Their mission is to improve health and wellbeing for adults with complex needs primarily those who are homeless and rough sleeping.