Top chef Barrington Douglas has been invited to a garden party at Buckingham Palace – but for once he won’t be doing the cooking.
Barrington, 47, runs Huddersfield’s popular Caribbean restaurant Discovery Bay and has launched his own range of pies, sauces and chutneys.
Huddersfield-born Barrington is no stranger to Royalty having cooked for Princess Beatrice of York when she visited Huddersfield University last year.
And, it can now be revealed, Barrington’s signature jerk pork pie has a big Royal fan – Beatrice’s dad, Prince Andrew, the Duke of York.
The Duke is a friend of Prof Bob Cryan, the university’s vice-chancellor, and more than once Barrington has sent a hamper down to London to tickle Royal tastebuds.
Barrington said the invitation to the garden party came out of the blue and added: “It was a complete surprise.
“We can choose from three dates in May so I’m really looking forward to it. The Royal family are said to like their cucumber sandwiches but I’ll certainly be taking some jerk pork pies down with me.”
Barrington, who will attend the garden party with business partner Richard Dennis, doesn’t have the official Royal warrant given to tradespeople who supply the Royal family – but he would definitely like one.
“I understand the Duke loves my pork pie and Bob has asked me for hampers two or three times,” he said.
“I don’t know what we need to do to get the Royal warrant but I’ll be looking into it.”
The Royal warrant allows suppliers to promote their Royal patronage and display the coat of arms on their letterheads.
It’s been a busy time for Barrington and Richard who opened their Discovery Lounge cocktail bar next to Discovery Bay in November.
Barrington’s pies, sauces and chutneys have been flying off the shelves at the duo’s town centre deli and other stores in Huddersfield and Holmfirth.
From January 7 the jerk pork pies will be on sale in 35 Tesco stores across Yorkshire and the North East and the Co-op and Morrison’s have also expressed an interest.
His hot pepper sauce and two chutneys – red onion and pimento and tomato and Scotch bonnet – will be trialled in Asda but Barrington must find a new manufacturer who can handle the volumes needed.
Barrington launched the pies and sauces at Huddersfield Food and Drink Festival in August 2013 – and sold out.
“As soon as I’d created the pork pie and the pepper sauce I knew they would do really well,” he said.
Barrington also plans to revamp his restaurant in the New Year.