Acorn winners 2016: Ellis Barrie, 27

01 July 2016 by
Acorn winners 2016: Ellis Barrie, 27

Chef-director, the Marram Grass, Penlon, Isle of Anglesey

Nominated by Alison Lea-Wilson, sales director, Halen Môn Anglesey Sea Salt

Proudest moment "Getting recognition in the Good Food Guide. I also helped cook for the Queen and 90 guests when she was touring Liverpool in 2010."

Greatest inspiration "I started my business at 19 with little experience. Chris Marshall at Radisson Blu's original Filini taught me a lot when I was 15 and Marcus Wareing at Pétrus when I was 17."

Ambition "I have just bought 14 acres and 12 pigs and want to develop a cookery school."

Barrie's love of cooking started at school, when he attended Saturday junior cooking courses at Knowsley Community College, Liverpool. In 2005, aged 15, he started at the city's two-rosette Radisson Blu Filini under Chris Marshall. He went on to join Marshall at the Panoramic in Liverpool, where he learned most of his cooking principles.

When Ellis and Liam launched the venture in a chicken shed in 2009, it started as an all-day breakfast café. He maintained solid principles, sourcing local ingredients and cooking from scratch and, within just seven years, the Marram Grass had gained recognition in the Good Food Guide. The restaurant is now a finalist in the Wales Food Awards 2016.

When it comes to sharing his talents, Barrie is generous. He now employs up to 30 staff and has guided four apprentices through his kitchen. He also works alongside a college in Bangor and has been teaching two 15-year-olds to cook.

As for the future, he recently bought 14 acres and is farming pork and growing herbs and vegetables on the land. The next stage is establishing a cookery school.

Continue reading

You need to be a premium member to view this. Subscribe from just 99p per week.

Already subscribed?

The Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email

Start the working day with The Caterer’s free breakfast briefing email

Sign Up and manage your preferences below

Check mark icon
Thank you

You have successfully signed up for the Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email and will hear from us soon!

Jacobs Media Group is honoured to be the recipient of the 2020 Queen's Award for Enterprise.

The highest official awards for UK businesses since being established by royal warrant in 1965. Read more.


Ad Blocker detected

We have noticed you are using an adblocker and – although we support freedom of choice – we would like to ask you to enable ads on our site. They are an important revenue source which supports free access of our website's content, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.

trade tracker pixel tracking