With an emphasis on locally-sourced food, Mike Robinson creates unique dishes with wild game, fish, and veggies at his restaurants throughout England. Mike is a connoisseur of outstanding food as a Michelin Star chef, but he also enjoys his time as an outdoorsman. On fishing expeditions and in the forest, he reels in fish and forages for his meals. In both worlds, one thing is clear: Mike Robinson doesn’t play when it comes to creating memorable meals and living life to the fullest.
Mostly low and slow, but hot and fast for fish and quick cuts of venison.
Wild Fallow Deer. It is the best meat in the world. It’s epic slow-cooked and amazing when cooked quickly as steaks.
My Flint and Flame chef’s knives, which I had a hand in developing. It’s the original food processor!
Cooking meat gently and carefully, then reverse searing for the best and most consistent results.
Hunting wild food as a teenager. The only rule was that I had to cook what I caught.
Wild ingredients are truly sustainable and connect you to nature while you are gathering them.
“Awesome dish. Simple to make.” That’s how Chef Mike Robinson describes his light and airy focaccia stuffed with creamy ricotta cheese and verdant pesto. You can use your own homemade or high-quality store-bought pesto, or—even better—make Mike’s which you can find in his Slow Braised Venison and Pesto Lasagna on this site.
When Chef Mike Robinson makes this rich and hearty lasagna, he uses muntjac shoulder and other parts from the small Southeast Asian deer, but venison shank makes a good substitute, and even lamb shank, though the flavor profile will be slightly different with lamb. Mike also uses wild garlic—which the muntjac eats—for his pesto. But because wild garlic has a short season and may not be easy to find—look for it at farmers markets—this recipe uses basil with some added garlic instead. That said, if you can find wild garlic, or its cousin ramps, go ahead and try that and omit the garlic cloves in the pesto.