It was my fascination towards food and chef’s knife skills, which I could not resist wanting to learn, topped with the immense pressure. I really knew it was part of me as I could never sit still, but have always been able to focus under pressure.
Meet The Alverton’s Head Chef
Born and raised in Estonia, Erkki originally studied environmental protection. 17 years ago after completing his studies he decided to spontaneously book a one way ticket to visit a friend in Scotland, which he says changed his entire future.
Shortly after arriving, he found his way into hospitality. This is where he fell in love with the crazy, fast-paced kitchen environment. As a result, he trained to become a chef and spent five years in the UK honing his craft.
Not one to shy away from travel, Erkki embarked on his next adventure to Australia. He planned to stay for six months, which snowballed into six years, working his way around Australia and across Asia too.
Joining the Cornwall Hotel Collection
In 2015, after plenty of globe-trotting, Erkki decided it was time to move back to the UK with his fiancée. After a year of working in picturesque Wiltshire, he began to miss the ocean. Cornwall was calling, and Erkki and his fiancée moved to the Cornish coast. It was then that he joined our sister hotel The Greenbank as Head Chef. After two years, he decided to take a step back to spend time with his family and welcome his newborn son to the world.
After his short break, the family man and immensely talented chef took the job as The Alverton’s Head Chef once we reopened after lockdown. He describes the move as an exciting challenge and has already been wowing all of our guests and visitors with exquisite cuisine.
Knowing that the customers have had a fabulous experience. And still being able to learn new ways of cooking.
Wow, I always see this question as nearly impossible to answer. My taste palettes change like autumn Cornish weather. However there is something very special from my childhood that I keep cooking at home regardless of the weather or season. It’s called shashlik, which is marinated diced pork/lamb shoulder skewered and cooked over a hot wood fired BBQ. I serve it with two simple salads: tomato, cucumber, onion and potato salad. There is just nothing better!
That’s easy. You just can’t beat Cornish native oysters.
A coastal walk starting with a little hike up to St Agnes Beacon for an amazing view. Then a stroll down to St Agnes Head, followed by a walk past Wheal Coates and stopping at Chapel Porth Beach for a cuppa.
Relaxed, Inspirational, Stunning, Nature, Home.
For restaurants in Truro, look no further than The Alverton. Sip cocktails overlooking the garden and indulge in award-winning Cornish cuisine.
Festive evenings in The Great Hall
Step into the Christmas season in style with a festive evening in Cornwall at The Alverton's magnificent Great Hall.