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Former Woodford chef to take up residency at the Riverside Inn

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Former Woodford chef to take up residency at the Riverside Inn

Andi Walker, a MasterChef: The Professionals semi-finalist and former head chef of the Woodford, will be taking up residency at the Blue Group’s Riverside Inn in Chelmsford, Essex.

Walker will cook from Thursday to Saturday, offering a six-course tasting menu that will alternate according to the availability of seasonal produce. The menus will be released every Monday for the week.

He will showcase a range of classic dishes using modern techniques learned from a wealth of past experiences.

Previously, Walker has worked at the three-AA-rosette Tuddenham Mill, Suffolk; Kings College Cambridge; and more recently at the Woodford restaurant, in South Woodford, following chef Ben Murphy’s departure.

In 2015, he competed in the semi-finals of the BBC Two programme MasterChef: The Professionals.

Recently Walker raised almost £10,000 for Dementia UK at a 10 MasterChefs: One Night Only charity event hosted at Adam Handling’s the Frog in Shoreditch. Alongside Walker and Handling, previous MasterChef contestants Mark Stinchcombe, Nick Bennett, Darren Sivewright, Scott Barnard, Danilo Cortellini, Bobby Retnakumar, Joey O’Hare, Dean Westcar and Gavin Barnes also participated.

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