Comedian cooks ‘frighteningly good’ food at Ayrshire restaurant

A Scots comedian has swapped his microphone for a pair of chef whites.

Glasgow-based funnyman Gary Faulds has launched a brand new cooking show in which he will visit restaurants and pubs around Scotland.

And the first stop for ‘Cooking With Gary Faulds’ was the Kings Arms in Fenwick.

He helped the Ayrshire eaterie’s head chef Stefan McKnight whip up a batch of delicious pork ribs as he got a first hand look at what it’s like to run a busy kitchen behind the scenes.

Gary opened the video by saying: “We are here at the Kings Arms in Fenwick to make an absolutely banging munch, it involves ribs and pork fat… I am basically 99 per cent pork fat!

“What we want to do in this program is to show you the potential that independent small businesses can offer to people.”

He then headed into the kitchen with Stefan with an initial chat about the food, and Gary was praising owners Gareth Kelly and Mikey Lennon along with Stefan for the “passion” they put into their food.

Gary Faulds visits Kings Arms Fenwick

They started making BBQ pork belly ribs, and Stefan reckons it’s something that could be made from home.

They added a host of spices to a bowl before using mustard as a glue to coat the spice mix on to the pork ribs, and they then added homemade stock to the tray before putting the ribs into the oven for between two and three hours.

Stefan then added his signature BBQ sauce before prepping veg to go alongside the dish and then grilled the ribs to caramelise and crisp them up.

Gary then sat down with owners Mikey Lennon and Gareth Kelly to discuss the meal and their adventure that led to owning the pub.

Gary said: “I know your story, but some people don’t know so what made you do this?”

Gareth, who used to own Bakers nightclub in Kilmarnock, replied: “This has been a pub I was interested in for years, it’s an historic pub and everyone has heard of it.

“It stopped the food service, and I got wind that it might be going up for sale, so I said to Mikey ‘look if this place comes up do you fancy giving the restaurant game a go?'”

Mikey, who managed Bakers alongside Gareth added: “Going from a nightclub to this was obviously a wee bit of a transition, but credit where credit’s due… we usually wing stuff anyway!

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“That’s what we did here and it’s paid off for sure.”

Gary was almost speechless as he tucked into his ribs, and he added: “I went to TGI Fridays with the kids recently, and I got ribs… I am so glad I did, because I thought TGI’s ribs were nice, but that is just frightening.

“Even when we were plating it up, it just looked so good.

“The quality of this place is amazing, this is probably the nicest ribs I’ve ever had.”

Gary then asked what made the guys decide to go for a restaurant.

Gareth added: “I have always had a notion for it, I am quite into eating! I always fancied a go at it, it’s a hard game.

“But this pub where it sits, it’s a destination place, there isn’t a lot of competition so we thought we could try something different.”

You can watch the video in full and keep up with Gary’s upcoming episodes here.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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