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13 August 1962|
|Education||Hainford School Norfolk|
Galton Blackiston is an English chef, born in Norfolk. The restaurant of his hotel, Morston Hall, Holt in Morston, is Michelin starred and has 4 AA rosettes. It is on the north Norfolk coast, two miles from Blakeney. His unusual first name is a tribute to his ancestor Sir Francis Galton.
Blackiston has never trained formally as a chef, instead gleaning experience on the job as he worked his way to head chef in his first job at the Miller Howe country hotel in the Lake District. Of his beginnings, Galton says:
As a cash strapped 17 year old I set up a market stall in Rye selling home made cakes, biscuits and preserves. The range became known by the locals as ‘Galton’s Goodies’, was constantly sold out and I realised cooking was my future!
Blackiston represented the Midlands and East of England in the BBC's Great British Menu, knocking out celebrity chef Antony Worrall Thompson to gain a place in the final. As of 2008, he is working on the television programme Food Poker.
Blackiston has published three books on cookery, with the third arriving in May 2009.
- Blackiston, Galton (2002). Cooking At Morston Hall. Navigator Guides. ISBN 1-903872-04-9.
- Blackiston, Galton (2006). A Return to Real Cooking. Navigator Guides. ISBN 1-903872-19-7.
- Blackiston, Galton (2009). Summertime. Virgin Books. ISBN 1-905264-63-1.