BHA member Malcolm Cowan, is celebrating 25 years at The Old Plow at Speen in Bucks. Head chef Malcolm at the family owned restaurant and bistro, has created his own unique fusion of eclectic cuisine strongly influenced by his classic French training and his time in Switzerland and the Far East. With an illustrious career spanning over 50 years Malcolm has worked in some very high profile establishments including The Ritz, Odins, Opera Terrace and The Westbury Hotel Bond Street. He also worked for Kennedy Brooks for many years as executive chef of their 76 restaurants and head chef of Maxims de Paris in Panton St.
He runs The Old Plow along with his wife Olivia and the couple’s son and daughter followed them into the catering industry.
Says Malcolm: “Opening my own restaurant was always my ambition and moving to Bucks presented many challenges including sourcing the calibre of suppliers who could help me maintain the West End standards I was used to. It wasn’t always easy to find a supplier who would deliver into The Chiltern Hills but today I can get fresh fish and shellfish on a daily basis from my supplier in Devon, Joseph Berkmann Wine Cellars still supply our wines 24 years after they started delivering in the Thames Valley and our butcher Allans of Mayfair can deliver daily from the West End to us. We are also blessed with a clientele who appreciate good food and the high standards we maintain”
The BHA says: “Malcolm and the Old Plow are valued members of the British Hospitality Association, incorporating The Restaurants Association. We would like to congratulate Malcolm on his great achievement and his contribution to fine and casual dining”.
The Old Plow Bistro and Restaurant at Speen, a 17th century traditional brick and flint Chiltern style establishment in situated only 20 minutes from J4 off the M40 in an area of outstanding natural beauty.