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    Old Fire Station Tonbridge
    The Times of Tonbridge Editor Frank Baldwin with local chef Jamie Halsall, Justin Brown, and Old Fire Station owner Richard Collins

    The Old Fire Station in Tonbridge provided the venue for another Pop Up restaurant last weekend when top chef Justin Brown displayed his culinary skills over two nights.

    Justin has an impressive CV. After training at 5-star Landmark London Hotel, he went on to work with people such as Jamie Oliver, Ronnie Wood and Michelin-starred Robert Clayton before heading for Australia to work in Restaurant Amuse which was voted the Number 1 Restaurant in Western Australia.

    He was voted Chef of the Year winner in 2009/2010 and 2011 in London and was also voted best newcomer in 2011. He has been awarded 2 AA Rosettes, released his own Cookbook, and appeared on TV and Radio shows across the UK including Masterchef the Professionals.

    In 2015 he moved to Amsterdam to set up Verzet which host Pop Up Restaurants in various locations over The Netherlands.

    At the Old Fire Station Justin prepared and served an interesting menu with the assistance of local chef Jamie Halsall. It included:

    Confit Salmon, poached in olive oil, cucumber, horseradish cream, dill and rye;

    A Cauliflower Risotto with cauliflower stock, cauliflower puree and parmesan;

    A Steamed Bao bun containing crispy chicken and cabbage slaw;

    Brie and Truffle – a Dutch brie stuffed with black truffle, served with verzet crackers;

    Chocolate and Yoghurt dessert made from chocolate mousse, frozen yoghurt, and pomegranate molasses.

    * The Cin Cin Supper Club will be returning to The Old Fire Station on Saturday 4 June. Tickets are on sale and limited to 50 seats only so make sure you book soon to avoid disappointment. You can find details on the Old Fire Station Facebook page.

    Photos by https://www.mcdawphotography.co.uk/