Popular Anglesey chef celebrates the release of his first book

A PATISSERIE chef responsible for Anglesey’s successful Melin Llynnon project has published his first book, which is both an autobiography and a selection of recipes.

Richard Holt, who took over Wales’s last working windmill, based in Llanddeusant, in April 2019, wrote “Y Dewin Melys, Fy Stor” in Welsh, and is now available to purchase.

A former Ysgol Llangefni pupil, Richard has also included 26 recipes in the book which he said “shaped my style of cooking”.

A message from Richard, posted on Melin Llynon’s Facebook page, read: “I can hardly believe I’m saying this … but I have written my first book!

“Earlier this year (shortly before my 30th birthday) I was approached to write an autobiography about my life and career.

“This book includes 26 recipes that shaped my style of cooking, each of which have been adapted for home use!

“To have done something worth writing about at my age is surreal, but none of it would have happened without the immense support of my family and all the influential people I have met in my life. 

“The truth is, everything we have done at Melin Llynon so far has been buying time. Once the mill starts turning again, then the real work begins.

“So again, it is incredibly flattering that it’s already been worth writing about.”

The Welsh version is available to buy here: www.melinllynon.co.uk/products/y-dewin-melys-fy-stori-a-ryseitiau-gan-richard-holt.

The English version will be released in 2023.

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Restoration work begins at Wales’ last working windmill on Anglesey

Richard has worked for Michelin star restaurants Marcus and The Gilbert Scott, which has three rosettes, both of which are in London and owned by celebrity chef Marcus Wareing.

Meanwhile, work is now underway to restore the Melin Llynon windmill, where Richard’s chocolate factory and doughnut shop are based.

The windmill, which is on a four-and-a half-acre site, was originally built in 1777 and is the last working flour mill in Wales.

North Wales Chronicle | Anglesey