Food from a World Cup winner and a MasterChef winner is on the menu for collection starting today.
Former England rugby captain Phil Vickery, who won the Celebrity MasterChef in 2011, has started his new business No. 3 as a collection service after plans to open a restaurant were delayed.
Named after his old jersey number, the ex-Gloucester star was looking to open No 3 at Cheltenham before the coronavirus crisis forced rethinking.
Today, he is committed to providing high quality cuisine that customers can eat in their homes.
He said: “Cheltenham and the wider area has a fantastic food scene and it’s a scene I’ve been looking to get into for quite some time.
“Many people, for several years, have been asking me what I plan to do next. After having had many conversations and ideas, it seemed like the stars were aligning and I had the opportunity to form a series of partnerships. perfect, including a brilliant team and suppliers, as well as having the right owner on board.
“Then, out of nowhere, COVID-19 and the crisis that followed arose, seemingly frustrating our plans. “
He continued, “Not wanting to put aside all the hard preparation work, I was determined to keep going.
“So by putting new plans in place and implementing them over the past few weeks, we are now able to launch No.3 as a collection service; providing people with access to high quality food without any risk to themselves. “
The son of a dairy farmer has a long-standing love for British produce, which is reflected in the initial launch menu which includes traditional dishes such as cottage pie, slow-braised beef in red wine, brisket Parmesan Crusted Chicken and Phil’s Sirloin Steak.
Despite his success with Celebrity MasterChef, the 2003 Rugby World Cup winner doesn’t see himself as a chef.
He said: “I am not a chef, I am a cook. I am extremely passionate about food, the way it is cooked and its purpose.
“I want to deliver good, tasty and healthy food, complemented by people who come together, have fun, share conversations and generally feel good, while eating really delicious meals.
“Right now that social element is not possible, but we can still provide a fantastic taste experience for people.”
The No.3 team also includes Tom Rains, a very experienced chef with a CV that includes The Berkeley, Claridge’s, L’Escargot and Mosimanns. He recently ran The Daffodil in Cheltenham.
They are joined by Elliott Camm, who has worked as a restaurant manager at both The Daffodil and Ellenborough Park.
Phil said, “Tom and Elliott are exceptional hospitality professionals who bring a wealth of expertise with them.
“While Tom and I will lead the products and their cooking, Elliott’s skills complement the offering, helping us refine the experience at # 3.
“This is something that will play an even bigger role once we can eventually open a physical restaurant and invite guests inside.”
His role as a non-executive director at Creed Foodservice, one of the UK’s leading independent and family-owned foodservice wholesalers, has helped him establish number 3.
He said: “Despite the current pandemic, ultimately it hasn’t changed anything. I will always do what I wanted.
“The food that I love and support and champion will be eaten at home rather than in a restaurant.
“We provide standard restaurant fare for the folks at home. It’s early for # 3, but flavor and taste will sell our offering – and we look forward to what the weeks and months ahead have in store for us. as people come to appreciate it. “
Orders can be placed 24 hours in advance from today by calling 07753 498 985 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Collections can be made from noon to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Brickhampton Court Golf Complex in Churchdown.
To learn more about No.3 and view the menu, visit no3restaurants.com