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SHAY
Cooper

My perfect
picnic

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Shay Cooper is the Head Chef at The Bingham in Richmond, a restaurant that was voted one of the best food destinations in the UK... by KAYLEIGH SANDWELL

The restaurant specialises in luxurious, refined, modern British cuisine that is good for your stomach. Shay’s food is light and healthy, and relatively butter and cream free.

Will his award winning cooking take him to create the most enticing and delicious picnic menu? 

TELL US ABOUT YOUR WORK
I started working at the Bingham in 2007. Since then we have won a number of awards for the food we serve such as 7 out of 10 in the Good Food Guide; 3 AA rosettes; and a place in the top 100 restaurants in the Sunday Times Restaurant Awards. The food is modern British with its main focus being good quality produce used in season.

WHERE DO YOU GET INSPIRATION FOR YOUR FOOD?
The menus are guided by the seasons, so whatever ingredients are available governs how the menu is created.

WHAT ARE YOUR FOOD ETHOS?
As a rule, the food at the Bingham is quite light by nature and we tend to use very little cream or butter. The sourcing of ingredients is obviously very important and we also try to give the guest a taste of luxury as well.

YOUR PICNIC MEMORIES…
I remember once having a picnic with my family when I was six or seven in Tatton Park, near to where I grew up. At some point during the day, I climbed up a tree and fell and winded myself, then had to be pushed in my brothers push chair.

When I was young growing up in the eighties, peoples attitude towards and understanding of food was completely different to how it is nowadays, so the types of food we took would be sausage rolls, sandwiches, pickled onions, fruit cake, roast chicken, etc.

PICNIC: WHERE, WHAT AND WHY?
Location wise I would probably go to Bushy Park in Teddington or any number of nice spots by the river between Richmond and Ham.

Shay-Cooper-the-Bingham If the food could be as glamorous as I wish, then I’d include Jabugo ham, poached langoustines, lobster salad, potted duck, sourdough bread, Vacherin cheese, Muscat grapes, crab claws, and wild strawberry trifle.

ANY PICNIC TIPS?
Make sure you have a decent cooler box to keep everything chilled. Choose a secluded spot and take plenty of ice and cold beer.

THE BINGHAM
61 - 63 PETERSHAM ROAD
RICHMOND UPON THAMES,
SURREY TW10