Ian Dowding,
Consultant Chef & Writer

Ian has worked in the restaurant trade for over forty years. He was the original head chef of The Hungry Monk when it opened in 1968 and went on to open his own restaurant – Quincys – in Seaford in 1988. He is the originator of the now famous Banoffi Pie which was developed at The Hungry Monk in 1971.

In 2000 Ian sold Quincys and set up as a freelance chef specialising in teaching and demonstrating. Since this time he has also worked as a consultant to the restaurant trade, written articles for magazines and taken part in several television programmes as chef and food adviser including Regency House Party (2003, Channel 4), The Diets that Time Forgot, and more recently Turn back Time for BBC1.

Ian teaches regularly at Ashdown Cookery School, a private cookery school in Blackham, near Tunbridge Wells.

FISH BANANAS

A chef’s note book…read more

The history of the world famous dessert.

The Completely True and Utter Story of Banoffi Pie…

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COMING SOON

A cookery book from the inventor of Banoffi Pie.

Ian Dowding has been cooking professionally for over fifty years; from restaurant cooking to teaching, demonstrating and creating food for historical TV programmes.

The collection of over 400 recipes spans this period and is an eclectic mix of gourmet dishes, peasant classics, home favourites, historic revivals and recipes from around the world.

It is a no-nonsense guide to cookery covering everything from fish cookery to cakes and desserts, bread and game recipes with lots of practical tips that will expand your repertoire and extend your culinary expertise.

I have a lot of cookery books of all types and styles but you can tell easily which are my favourites because they all sit on a shelf in my kitchen; they are dog-eared, falling apart and the pages are splashed with whatever I was cooking from them at the time. They are the books I have gone back to time and again, partly because they are good recipes and partly because I know they are going to work. I hope this book, in time will become like those books.”
Ian Dowding

An Occasional Blog

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May 7, 2018

The Secret Life of Recipes

It seems strange to me that if you plagiarise the written word, copy a work of art under a hundred years old or rip off a tune either consciously or unconsciously the law will seek you out but a recipe…
TeachingThoughts
July 12, 2017

Zombie Haddock

I always learn things the hard way. When I started doing cooking classes at Sussex Down’s College I had never spoken to a group of people let alone cooked in front of them. Add to that it was in an…
Thoughts
July 11, 2017

An Occasional Blog…

From today I will be posting an occasional blog. Recently I gave up teaching evening classes at Sussex Down’s College which has freed up a little extra time as a result. I still cook and am involved in the food…

A Selection of Ian’s Recipes

OLD FASHIONED PORK TERRINE

April 20, 2014

WHOLEMEAL LOAF

April 20, 2014

SKATE WITH CAPER BERRIES AND RED PEPPER

April 20, 2014

Keylime Pie

KEY LIME PIE

April 20, 2014

Plum Tatin

PLUM ‘TATIN’ WITH ALMOND PASTRY

April 20, 2014

Skate

MACKEREL FILLETS WITH RISOTTO CAKES WITH TOMATO SALSA

April 20, 2014

BATTENBURG CAKE

April 20, 2014

Old Fashioned Pork terrine

RAISED PORK PIE

April 20, 2014

SINGAPORE POT ROASTED CHICKEN

April 20, 2014

ONION TARTS WITH MELTED GOAT’S CHEESE

April 20, 2014