Ready, set, cook! We visited some of the area’s top chefs to find out what makes them tick in and out of the kitchen!

Look beyond the stunning landscapes and sandy beaches and you will discover a plethora of delicious eateries situated across the coast with the most. From beachside restaurants to quaint country hideaways, visitors and locals are truly spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a place to eat.

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole are quickly becoming fantastic foodie destinations. To get to the nitty gritty, we sat down with head chef from local established restaurants, to get to know them better, attract local talent and entice visitors to our fabulous coast with most.

The team spoke with Alex Aitken from The Jetty & Christchurch Harbour Hotel, Simon Hallum from The Sandbanks Hotel and James Golding from The Pig in Studland and Brockenhurst.

Set against the beautiful backdrop of Christchurch Harbour, the chefs were grilled about all things food and hospitality, such as why they became a chef, what advice they would give to any budding chefs and what is their favourite dish to make and why.

Bournemouth is the perfect base to explore the world-famous Jurassic Coast, idyllic New Forest and the rural counties of Wiltshire and Somerset further inland, all of which are home to brilliant eateries. We hope these interviews will inspire people to embark on new coastal culinary adventures!

The interviews will be released on our blog once a week for the next three weeks on what is being dubbed ‘Tasty Tuesday’. Shorter versions will also be available to view on Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole Tourism social media pages.

This week we are chatting to Alex Aitken, the Head Chef at The Christchurch Harbour Hotel and The Jetty Restaurant. Find out all the ins and outs of what it’s like to be a chef in his interview below.




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