A PAIR of brothers from Ampney Crucis who have taken the culinary world by storm are getting ready to represent the Cotswolds at a national awards bash this week.
Will Thompson, and his brother Calum, have already bagged a regional Countryside Alliance Award for Eat Wild, their dynamic range of locally sourced game and wild meat.
But with one prize already under their belt, the brothers will head to London on Wednesday, April 30 where they hope to walk away as national winners of the Local Food Champion award.
“I’m just really pleased by the whole thing, if I’m honest,” said 25-year-old Will, co-founder of Eat Wild.
“Me and Calum are really hoping that we will be successful when we go to the House of Lords this week.”
Eat Wild, which was set up by the brothers in 2010, is an online directory of freshly prepared Cotswold game, such as venison, pheasant, rabbit and partridge, which is available for home delivery.
Countryside Alliance regional judge Sara Rutherford said the brothers’ passion for their product set them apart from the competition.
“The enthusiasm of this brother duo for their business and, even more so, for game itself is fantastic. They are relatively new but already making a big impression in the industry,” she said.
Since starting four years ago, the popularity of Eat Wild has gone from strength to strength and even landed the brothers with a prime selling spot at the 2012 Olympic Games.
Will said: “We were selling our venison burgers in Hyde Park for the Olympics. It was wicked but we never saw any sport because we were so busy – I’ve actually only just seen footage of the opening ceremony.”
Looking further ahead, Will said that he and his brother both have some big plans for the future of the business.
He said: “We are both really busy at the moment. We’re just about to open our own restaurant in central Cirencester. I can’t say where yet though as the location is still top secret.”
For more information on Eat Wild, visit www.wiltsglosstandard.co.uk.