Designer shortlisted for celebrity chef garden competition (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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Designer shortlisted for celebrity chef garden competition
A Wanstead woman has been shortlisted to design a garden at a restaurant run by celebrity chef Raymond Blanc.
Kathy Taylor, 57, of Redbridge Lane West, is one of the final four in the Raymond Blanc Heritage Garden Competition.
The winner will have their design created at the L’Manoir aux Quat’Saisons restaurant in Oxford.
Ms Taylor, who has a garden design consultancy in Wanstead, is now set to present her design to the final judging panel, including Mr Blanc himself, in September.
She said: “I am delighted an honoured to get the opportunity to make the final shortlist.
“My garden design is based around the shape of the iconic runner bean as it germinates and grows and is thus aptly named ‘The Bean There’ garden.”
Ms Taylor previously worked as a biologist for the Environment Agency and she said her new career combines her expertise with a passion for art.
Kathy said the fact that everything in the garden had to be sustainable, organic and locally sourced was "quite challenging".
“When you phone a company asking for wood that’s not preserved or treated they think you’re quite mad,” she added.
The winner is to be decided in September.
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