Lancashire HotShots heads to Darwen

23 February 2011

Blackburn-born Chef takes over the kitchen

Lancashire and Blackpool Tourist Board’s (LBTB’s) popular Lancashire HotShots initiative is heading to Darwen for an evening to remember at MJs restaurant at the Whitehall Hotel, recently awarded the Taste Lancashire Highest Quality Assured Award.

Taking over the kitchen on Thursday March 24th is MJs Sous Chef, 21 year old Dominic Taylor, who has been part of the team for 18 months.  Dominic’s brother Ben, also a chef at Astley Bank, inspired him to attend Blackburn College where he achieved his Level 3 NVQ in Catering. He worked locally before joining MJs in 2009 and worked his way up from Commis Chef to his current position Sous Chef.

 “I am enjoying my time here at MJs and am delighted that I was involved on the evening we received our Taste Lancashire Highest Quality award” says Dominic “The award and the Lancashire Hotshot event will enable me to contribute to the ongoing plans for MJs and our aim to establish the restaurant as a premier dining venue for the area.

Of course, ultimately, I would like to lead my own team and who knows that may be here at MJs.  I am a Blackburn lad who is passionate about cooking and I have no desire to move further afield.  I’m inspired by the wealth of produce that we have on our doorstep and am keen to help raise the profile of the Pennine Lancashire dining scene.”

Dominic’s Lancashire HotShot menu will be available on Thursday March 24th at a cost of £20 per person. To book call MJs direct on 01254 704986.  All welcome – early booking advised.

Dominic’s menu follows:


Cured Ribble Valley trout with Ashcroft’s beetroot, cucumber carpaccio & pea – shoot salad


Andy Holt’s black pudding Scotch egg with Bramley apple puree

Main course

Bank Top beer braised shin of beef with celeriac mash and wilted Spring greens


Breast of wood pigeon, with confit leg on a wild mushroom fricassee and pomme puree


Selection of Lancashire cheeses with celery jelly and crackers


Mini fruit scone with Holt Farm cream tea mousse and granny’s jam

Coffee and homemade petit fours

Vegetarian option on request


The Lancashire Hotshots programme for 2011 is now complete with 10 young chefs across the county, now preparing their exciting menus. Look out for announcements regarding upcoming events on

For more information on Lancashire HotShot events please contact Diane Blakemore, Skills Executive on 01257 226611



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