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Well here, above, is innovation.  This is WildKitchen, set in the grounds of Ashcombe Park, a Georgian Manor House set in 1,134 acres (4.59 km2) of land at Cranborne Chase near Salisbury, Wiltshire. WildKitchen is fuelled by lumpwood charcoal made on the estate from 100% local, sustainable-coppiced or naturally-fallen trees, and featuring the kind of temperature control and versatility you would normally only get with gas and electricity. Why did it come about? Ashcombe Park’s owner Guy Ritchie is apparently a barbeque nut, and the structure provides everything needed to cook, gather and eat al fresco, all year round.

This Summer, working with London-based Carousel, there will be guest chefs at WildKitchen. Eighteen diners at a time, 7 p.m. Friday or Saturday nights, dinner, bed and breakfast, or Saturday lunch (no sleep over). It’s all pretty intimate. Watch the chefs cook, dine and then, if it’s dinner, stay the night in a newly renovated farmhouse.

Carousel, in London’s Charlotte Street, has for the last ten years been building up an international portfolio of guest chefs. Coming to WildKitchen are:

Adriana Cavita, from Cavita London, 10th & 11th May

Niklas Ekstedt, from Ekstedt, Stockholm, 31st May & 1st June

Thomas Straker, from Straker’s, London,  7th & 8th June

Chet Sharma, from BiBi, London, 14th & 15th June.

Guy Ritchie, the director of such movies as Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, and Sherlock Holmes, is dyslexic and was expelled from school at 15.  Still known as one-time Mr Madonna, he and his  wife Jacqui Ainsley, a model, have three kids. As well as property he owns a London pub, The Lore of the Land, and the Gritchie Brewing Company, based at Ashcombe. In February 2023 Ritchie bought Compton Abbas airfield, six miles west of Ashcombe Park.