Chiselwood Is Sole UK Finalist in Global Kitchen Design Contest



The finalists of the World Kitchen Design Contest have been announced and Lincoln company Chiselwood are the only UK kitchen company to reach the prestigious finals run by Sub-Zero and Wolf, the kitchen industry leaders in premium refrigeration, wine preservation and cooking equipment.

The 25 Finalists were selected by a panel of 7 esteemed architects, kitchen designers and interior designers during a four-day review and deliberation of the entries at the Sub-Zero and Wolf headquarters in Wisconsin, USA.

At the close of the entry period on January 31, 2017, more than 1,500 completed entries had been received from 24 countries. Of all entries, nearly 60 percent were submitted by first-time entrants, including Chiselwood. The 25 Finalists represent a diverse mix of design aesthetics from six states in the United States and six countries outside of the United States with Chiselwood the only UK Finalist.

Chiselwood’s entry “The Rectory” was designed by Founder and Design Director, Martin Holliday, for the owners of an early Victorian listed Rectory. They had decided to replace the glass roof and one wall of an existing conservatory with solid structures and move a new kitchen into the space they created. The room is still full of natural light but much more comfortable with lots of space for socialising and beautiful views of the garden. The owners also converted an adjacent gym into a scullery. The judges were looking for things like good quality of light, good circulation of space and a balance of materials and layout in terms of work stations.

Chiselwood MD, Mel Holliday, was responsible for submitting the entry and commented, "receiving recognition from an iconic brand such as Sub Zero/Wolf that enjoys a strong relationship with the design community is an outstanding achievement for the entire team here at Chiselwood. The fact that Martin’s design has been chosen from 1,500 entries from throughout the world is the most amazing accolade for Martin as a designer and for us as a relatively small, British designer and manufacturer, we are immensely proud,” she added.    





The results of the UK stage of the International Property Awards 2015-2016 have just been announced and Chelsea based Sophie Peckett Design is among the winners.


Sophie Peckett Design competed against a number of the most accomplished interior designers to receive this recognition. The level of award or awards the company has won (either highly commended or 5-star) will be revealed when the official announcements are made at a gala presentation dinner at the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square in Mayfair on the evening of Friday, October 9th.




Redhill Farm Free Range Pork Loin wins prestigious Golden Fork Award at Great Taste Awards.

Redhill Farm Free Range Loin of Pork has been judged to be the number one speciality food in the Midlands and East Anglia region in the 2014 Great Taste Awards, the world’s largest and most rigorous food awards scheme involving over 400 judges and thousands of hours of blind tasting.

A distinguished panel of judges including Sheila Dillon, Presenter of BBC Radio 4 Food Programme and Food Critic and journalist, Charles Campion, blind-tasted in teams  to ensure a balance of expertise, age and gender, and commented:

”Lovely looking rack of pork. Golden skin and savoury aromas. The texture is very tender and it carves very well. The fat is nice and sweet and the crackling came up very well. Full flavoured pork as it should be.”  The judges also awarded it a 3 star Gold and selected it as one of the Top 50 Foods in Britain before nominating it for a prestigious Golden Fork Award.

The Great Taste Awards are renowned as the Fine Food Oscars and the 3 star-system is their equivalent of Michelin Stars for food producers.  Of the 10,000 entries submitted this year, 153 were awarded the ultimate three-star gold with only 9 Golden Forks awarded for Best Regional Speciality. The judging is a lengthy process – everything is blind tasted by knowledgeable teams of judges. Great Taste is simply about taste and quality.  


As part of its 30th year celebrations in 2014, master upholsterer Crowther & Sons has launched the Little Crowthers Collection of handcrafted upholstered children’s armchairs made from the finest materials.

Each chair is made in the company’s Lincoln workshop and is  hand built with a solid beech wood frame, high quality fillings and  hand stitched back to create an item that can be passed down through generations.

Founder Edward Crowther works alongside his sons in the small family owned business and was inspired by his growing collection of grandchildren to celebrate the milestone of 30 years in business with the first design, known as Zac’s chair, to coincide with grandson Zac’s first birthday in 2014.

“Little chairs were often 'apprentice' chairs; and as master upholsterers we have always admired these unique pieces, identical to adult sized chairs in the way they are constructed but they required greater accuracy because they were small. We believe our Little Crowthers Collection is the perfect way to demonstrate and celebrate our reputation for quality, skill and attention to detail developed over the past 30 years,” comments MD Edward Crowther.

The Little Crowthers chairs are an ideal piece of children’s furniture for the family living room, child’s bedroom, nursery or playroom and four more designs are planned to add to the collection this year.

 Little Crowthers chairs are available in any of the fabric collections from the extensive Crowther Fabric Library. Bespoke designs can also be created to a client’s specification to produce a scaled down version of a treasured chair or an entirely unique design to commemorate a special event.

Prices start from £495 plus 2 metres of material. Crowther & Sons is donating 10% of all Little Crowther profits in 2014 to the NSPCC.

FT names Redhill Farm in Top 5 Best Bacon Curers UK

The Financial Times has recently named Redhill Farm Free Range Pork as one of the Top 5 Best Bacon Curers in the UK!

Redhill Farm is honoured to be listed along side some great companies including generation curers, a Delia Smith food hero and a Royal Warrant holder.  This is what they had to say about the Redhill Farm bacon:

"This Lincolnshire farm offers a range of bacon cuts you just don’t see these days. As well as back and streaky there’s middle bacon, which is streaky and back still connected together, and collar bacon, which is cut from the shoulder and possesses more flavour due to the darker meat and beautiful marbling of fat. All their (smoked) bacon is cold smoked for 17 hours over mature English oak chips."

The Restoration Of An Iconic Sofa

Lincoln based master upholsterer, Crowther & Sons, has been commissioned to restore a rare, high end 70s American sofa from iconic designer, Milo Baughman.

Milo Baughman was a pioneer in modern design and one of the leading modern furniture designers of the second half of the 20th century. With his clean shapes and glamorous materials, this California designer made modernism sexy and was a favourite in the American home

From his very first clean-lined collections in iron and walnut, which helped shape the post war California look, to his minimalist chrome and wood pieces in the 1970s, Baughman (pronounced Boffman) defined modern design as elegant yet accessible.

His work over six-decades’ took its cues from the engineering and functionality and the mid-century modern exploration of materials. Baughman’s design for a wood-panelled tuxedo sofa was the inspiration for a sofa in Don Draper’s office in the ’60s-inspired TV drama Mad Men.

“While other modern designers have come and gone, Baughman’s classic work has stayed relevant,” comments master upholsterer, Edward Crowther, Managing Director of Crowther & Sons.

“Baughman's uniquely American designs were forward-thinking and distinctive, yet unpretentious and it is a great privilege to work on such an outstanding piece. The relaxed and timeless quality of his furniture makes this commission a complete joy for us,” adds Edward who painstakingly restored the frame by hand and re-upholstered the classic 70's sofa in a striking purple Bute Storr material. 


Jane and Terry Tomlinson and their staff were delighted to host popular TV Chef James Martin and his BBC film crew for five days this Summer at Redhill Farm Free Range Pork to film his new BBC2 series, James Martin’s Food Map Of Britain.


The filming included James helping Terry and Jane out on the farm and then cooking their national award-winning free range pork in the barn where the feed for the pigs is milled using corn grown on the family’s RSPCA Freedom Food accredited farm near Gainsborough.  The extensive filming included some amazing aerial filming and also in the smokehouse and in the butchery as the team prepared for a farmers’ market before then moving on to location filming at Lincoln High Street Farmers' Market. 


“James was able to find out first- hand how everything we do is based on the highest standards and simplicity, from the ethical animal husbandry, to every stage of the production process, to produce pork of proven quality with genuine provenance,” comments Jane. “Filming with us was particularly enjoyable for James and close to his heart having been brought up looking after pigs on the estate farm at Castle Howard which his father managed,” adds Jane.

James Martin was so impressed with how Jane and Terry farm and the quality of their pork that he has asked Redhill Farm to supply his new restaurant, James Martin Manchester, which opens this month. He told his thousands of followers on Twitter “Redhill Farm Free Range Pork Lincolnshire for the best tasting pork yet! Just had some, you have to try it.”

The new BBC series will go on air from 16th to 27th September and will focus on the importance of knowing the real provenance of our food and will highlight the benefits of buying direct from the people who produce it. The Lincolnshire episode will be broadcast Thursday 26th September 6.30pm (check local listings) and covers pea harvesting on the fens as well as Free Range Pork at Redhill Farm. 



James Martin's Food Map of Britain BBC2 6.30pm  16th - 27th September
Lincolnshire Episode with Redhill Farm Free Range Pork on BBC2 Thursday 26th Sept 6.30pm (please check local listings).

Two page editorial feature in Homes & Gardens

I am delighted to have a Chiselwood kitchen project featured over two pages in the July issue of the UK's leading interiors magazine, Homes & Gardens.

Chiselwood designed the kitchen as part of the renovation of a beautiful old dairy near Lincoln dating from the 1880s.The clients love cooking and entertaining and wanted the kitchen to be at the centre of the action so Design Director, Martin Holliday, produced an ultra practical u-shaped design with the very latest appliances but also sensitive to the property's heritage.Featuring late-Victorian style cabinets the kitchen is painted in Early Grey from the Chiselwood Paint Collection.

You can read about the project on pages 88 and 89 of the July issue of Homes & Gardens.

Retro Rocket Takes Off For UK Catering Industry


A British company is offering the catering trade an eye-catching way to attract customers with its aircraft-inspired catering trailers. For some would-be restaurateurs, Retro Rocket’s range could be a viable alternative to bricks and mortar. 

Since its launch, Wocestershire-based Retro Rocket’s Atlantic catering trailer has been making big waves in the catering trade, and is now operating in more than a dozen countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Holland and Denmark. The 2013-model offers a raft of new features, and each one is hand-built in polished aluminium, using aircraft-style construction techniques. 

The Retro Rocket Atlantic boasts superior structural integrity with inner and outer aluminium layers riveted to a welded space frame, also aluminium. Up to 2000 special rivets are used to perfect both the build quality and the aesthetics; this is a style and approach born from an 80 year tradition but updated with modern safety, durability and construction.

“Our Atlantic catering trailers are a hard-working range for hard-working caterers,” explains managing director Peter Carrick. “But this strength and durability is overshadowed by its retro shape and sleek styling, both of which are a perfect foil for talented chefs and their delicious food!”