Mike is a renowned chef admired for his passion and talents for cooking game dishes. He is co-presenter of ITV’s primetime series Countrywise and Countrywise Kitchen.
As one of the country’s top game cooks, Mike Robinson’s passion for game cooking is reflected in his country pub, The Pot Kiln in Frilsham (Berkshire). Mike is also co-owner of the Michelin starred London pub The Harwood Arms.
Mike has always been an outdoors man, and it was during a stint as a dishwasher in Chamonix, where he was spending the mountaineering season, that he was spotted and asked to present a programme called Chalet Slaves. This led to more presenting work, all filmed at his Berkshire pub-restaurant, The Pot Kiln. After investigating the damage signal crayfish cause to the river environment for one of these programmes, Mike set up a crayfish farm that supplies many of London’s top restaurants.
Since then, Mike has become a familiar foodie face on our TV screens, appearing on Great Food Live, Saturday Kitchen, Tales From the Country and the ever-popular Countrywise.
Mike’s first book, Wild Flavours, was published in October 2005. He also runs cookery demonstrations and makes regular appearances on Saturday Kitchen. Mike remains an active restaurateur and, as befits a lover of the outdoors, he shoots all of the venison served at his Michelin-starred London gastropub, The Harwood Arms, himself.
Retaining a passion for food both on and off-screen, in spring 2004, he set up Mike Robinson Wild Foods, supplying crayfish to many of London’s restaurants and hotels. This company is a real family affair, run by Mike, his wife, his cousin and his parents.
His series Heaven’s Kitchen at Large, follows Mike and his wife Katie as they continue to strive for success. Certainly popular with the locals, the pub needs to start making better returns to compete in the cut-throat restaurant industry.
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