Mike Crowson spends a large portion of his year serving up delicious meals for the lucky passengers aboard hotel barge Finesse. Born and bred in Cornwall, Mike is a stellar chef who takes a great deal of satisfaction from both barging and cooking up a storm in the kitchen.
For fantastic foodie shots Mike’s website is well worth visiting. There you will find a great selection of recipes that he’s created which will really tickle your tastebuds.
One of the influences that has helped him develop as a chef was the BBC TV series ‘French Odyssey’ starring UK celebrity chef Rick Stein which was filmed on our hotel barges Rosa and Anjodi on the Canal du Midi.
Here’s a sample menu of the cuisine Mike serves on board…
Quail breast & confit leg, pearl barley, baby carrot, silverskin onion.
Breast of duck, confit leg bonbon, Jerusalem artichokes roasted, crisps & purée, fondant potato, port sauce
Bleu d’causses, Brebiss fermier, Figou.
Chocolate tart, chocolate, hazlenut & almond praline, mandarin sorbet.
Ceps, black trompettes, girolles, crispy Bayonne ham, pumpkin seeds, truffle.
Sous vide venison loin, braised red cabbage, pomme purée, blackberry sauce
Templais cadet, ossau Iraty,
Fig tarte tatin, Brown butter ice cream.