THE husband-and-wife team behind a top-rated restaurant in Bridge of Earn are to be featured in Channel 5’s new Kitchen Wars series, alongside fiery celebrity chef Marco Pierre White.
Anna and Tim Dover run The Roost in Kintillo, Bridge of Earn, with Tim the chef and Anna managing front-of-house in the restaurant, which wins consistently stunning reviews for its inspirational seasonal menus.
Billed as “the hunt for the couple who create Britain’s best dining experience”, Kitchen Wars starts on Thursday 7 June and The Roost will be featured from the second episode. Marco Pierre White claims Kitchen Wars will be the toughest cooking show on earth and will make MasterChef look like child’s play.
Anna and Tim will work with Marco Pierre White on the show
His mission in the series is “to find the UK’s best restaurant partnerships, balancing fabulous food with seamless service. It’s not just about being a good chef, it’s also about having the skills to run the best restaurant.”
The top chef visited the restaurant during the heats for the show in which contestants compete for a chance to go through to a specially-designed studio restaurant, where the top three couples will be given their own kitchen and set of diners to impress.
The Roost has built up a loyal following, with diners appreciating the restaurant’s pledge that “It is our philosophy that, because Scotland’s larder is both interesting and plentiful, its seasons and varieties are the best guide for cooking and eating.”
Tim Dover started his career washing dishes at his local restaurant in South Queensferry and has risen through the ranks of Scotland’s top restaurants – including The Witchery in Edinburgh and The Peat Inn near St Andrews before working under Nick Nairn in Glasgow and then at the world-renowned Daniel’s restaurant in New York with chef Daniel Boulud. He then returned to his native Edinburgh to work for Michelin star chef Martin Wishart, prior to making the move to the country to start out on his own – to his present role alongside his wife Anna.
Both originally from Edinburgh, the couple took over The Roost in 2008 and away from the kitchen, Tim’s passion is fishing which means there is often chef-caught trout on the menu, served in dishes such as “escabeche of Goldenloch brown trout with mache salad, tapenade toasts.”
Anna Dover said: “We are sworn to secrecy by Channel 5 about the outcome of the programme, but we can say that we are very proud indeed to be included in such illustrious company for the show and Marco Pierre White is a truly inspiring chef … although slightly terrifying.”