Celebrating 30 Years of Alex Aitken
2013 celebrates 30 years of Alex Aitken cooking great food in the New Forest and Dorset. Having opened his first restaurant, Le Poussin, in 1983, Alex taught himself to cook – a fact that Gordon Ramsey noted when he named Le Poussin one of his top 11 favourite places to eat in The Times.
Championing simple, seasonal and local produce from the very beginning – Alex received multiple awards and accolades to support this philosophy, including The Telegraph Restaurant of the Year, The Times ‘Out of Town’ Restaurant of the Year and many more.
Earning a Michelin star at Le Poussin in 1995, Alex retained this for 14 years as it moved first to Parkhill in Lyndhurst - which Alex later project managed to become Limewood - then to Whitley Ridge in Brockenhurst. A remarkable achievement, made even more extraordinary by the fact that Alex was self-taught, with a team that consisted for many years of him, his wife and son.
Some of Alex’s favourite memories across his 30 year career include several appearances on BBC’s Hairy Bikers, cooking for The Queen (Helen Mirren that is) and hosting Sophie Dahl and Jamie Cullum’s wedding…
In 2010 Alex joined Harbour Hotels to head up The Jetty, and together with his son AJ, has seen remarkable results. The Best Restaurant in the South West, The Jetty continues to serve fantastic local food on the water’s edge in Mudeford.