It’s not every day that a three-star Michelin chef walks into a Cornish pub on a quiet Tuesday evening.

However, the Queen’s Arms team at Breage had a delightful surprise this week when they welcomed professional French chef Pierre Koffmann along with members of the Food Heroes and his team.

The renowned chef had been visiting the Duchy for the Food Heroes launch of new potatoes at Pengelly Farm, along with other notable chefs like Marco Pierre White, Nathan Outlaw, Jude Kereama, and Phil Vickery.

After the launch, Pierre and the Food Heroes team decided to pay a visit to the Queen’s Arms for a drink – unbeknownst to Queen’s landlady India Rogers.

“We had no idea they were coming,” said India.

“It was a quiet Tuesday evening at the pub, and when they arrived our chef Andre looked in the kitchen to see what we were able to serve them.

“We put on a big buffet for them all.”

Although it was meant to be his day off, India’s dad Nick - one of the chefs at the Queen's - stepped in to help.

Despite a busy evening, the team managed to speak with Pierre who thanked them for the food.

India said that it was a ‘’lovely surprise’ to welcome Pierre and the Rogers family of Pengelley Farms, who often visit the Queen’s.

“It was a lovely surprise, and it was nice to think that the Rogers family trusted us to bring Pierre and the team here.”

The team at Porthminster Café in St Ives were delighted to see the legendary chef when he stopped by before the launch.

The staff described it as a ‘real honour’ to welcome Pierre and The Food Heroes family on Tuesday.

Barry Clark of Wheal Dream in Helston and Catch Porthleven was joined by Jack Veal of Amelies and Cantina also in Porthleven for the event on Tuesday. 

Barry told the Packet: "It was amazing to see them all, especially Marco Pierre White and the Cornish celebrity Nathan Outlaw. 

"It was great that local businesses were invited to the launch." 

Falmouth Packet: Barry Clark of Wheal Dream and Catch with the celebrity chefs Barry Clark of Wheal Dream and Catch with the celebrity chefs (Image: Barry Clark)

On The Food Heroes website, it said that the company is a specialist procurement and marketing company.

Its brands include Koffmann’s Potatoes for Chefs, From the Farm, Pierre De Pierre, Humdinger, Marco Pierre White Retro and many more.

Customers include Manchester City Football Club, Manchester United, St Austell Brewery, Harrods, Centre Parks, and more.