Hello, I’m Matthew. I am South Devon Chilli Farm's trainee chef. Working under our current head chef Dave, I have been introduced to a whole new kind of cooking here at the farm. My past experiences in kitchens have been in pubs, so this was a new and unique experience for me!
Starting my journey as a trainee chef at South Devon Chilli Farm has been eye opening, I never knew how many different types of chilli plants there were here - it baffled me to learn how many varieties were available! I have been here 8 months now and I have learned a lot; cooking here has been very different for me compared to my pub kitchen days. I hope to add to the Farm's delicious chilli recipes with my own creations in the future.
With the thousands of kilograms of chillies we produce here at South Devon Chilli Farm, I get the honor of cooking some very tasty products. One of my favourites (which I am sure lots of people would agree on) is our Chilli Jam, one of the first recipes I learned when starting here. In fact, its so popular I usually do a batch of Jam every week, which can add up to over 600 jars in a day! Learning the process of making this Jam has been key for me, and is a reflection of the hard work carried out by all the lovely staff here.
We are currently having work done in our warehouse, and this includes a brand new kitchen as we are moving closer to expanding as a company - the future looks bright! As we come close to 1 year since I started at the Farm, I can only say that I’m looking forward to seeing and being part of the journey that South Devon Chilli Farm is going on, with these bright changes going into 2024!