Manx-trained chef wins award for Vinegar

Alan Coxon makes old style vinegars. It’s taken ten years to bring them to market but they are now all the rage in fashionable kitchens. His range of historic Vinaigres are recreated from centuries past and reproduce the flavors and ingredients that once adorned tables of the mighty Roman Emperors, Medieval Knights and Ancient Greek temples.

Prepared using traditional and natural production methods, these unique products are stored in bottles created and designed by Alan himself.

Alan was born in Derbyshire but moved to the Isle of Man at 15. He went to Douglas High School before studying catering at the Isle of Man College. He left the Island at 18 to work as a commis chef at the famous Loews Hotel in Monte Carlo. But in 1990 he returned to the Isle of Man and bought the harbourside Taste of Magic restaurant in Port St Mary. Two years later he left the Island to become head chef at Disneyland Paris’s four-star Newport Bay Hotel. His TV shows include BBC2’s Ever Wondered About Food and Coxon’s Sporting Feast and he has also published award-winning cookery book Ready in Minutes. Alan lives in Worcestershire with his wife Thelma and three children Katie, Samantha and Oliver, but his parents Ted and Rita live in Douglas.

Alan received the Midlands Business Innovation Award 2009 last month, just two months after the vinegars won two awards at the Excellence in Food and Drink Awards. More at iomtoday