The Jabberwocky have been showcasing local food for years, but in 2020 business vanished due to Coronavirus. Instead, chef Barny Luxmoore has now written it all down for people to try at home.
This year has been tough for lots of industries, but food businesses have been especially affected. The start of 2020 was looking very promising for The Jabberwocky, with their Glastonbury pitch confirmed along with spots at all the local favourites: Leamington Peace festival, Art in the Park and the #LeamFoodFest. Then the pandemic came along and all that was gone overnight.
Luckily they had already competed in their heat for the National Sandwich awards, and on the 8th of June 2020 Barny’s sandwich, the Korean Wrapsody, was chosen as one of the winners. It’s a tortilla filled with bo sam pork, homemade kimchi, ginger and spring onion sauce and gochujang mayo. It won Barny £500 in prize money and a trophy.
Great news, but fans still couldn’t eat Jabberwocky toasties, and the Jabberwocky couldn’t earn any money. So Barny took advantage of cancelled events, sat down and began working on a project he had started five years ago, but never had time to finish: The Toastie Construction Manual.
It’s a simple toastie recipe book, but each sandwich is illustrated like a car repair handbook: with an exploded diagram to walk you through assembly so that a finished toastie fits together properly. Correctly assembled toasties will yield better ooze, fewer manufacturing issues (when your toastie falls to bits), better flavour dispersal and the perfect golden brown crust.
It also contains illustrations to explain any necessary cooking techniques, along with cheats, tips and tricks from seasoned chef Barny, who prior to cooking more than 100,000 toasties spent five years as the head chef of Merchants in Warwick: one of the top three Warwick restaurants on Trip Advisor at the time.
The Toastie Construction Manual was written as a guide to toasties for people with no cooking knowledge, as a gift for toastie lovers and as a cook book with a difference.
The Manual is available to buy on Amazon and directly from their website: www.thejabberwocky.co.uk/books – copies bought directly from them will be sent in upcycled, plastic free packaging and delivered on foot where possible.