With extensive experience in the food industry, Trained Chef Lee from Waterloo has a unique and interesting background; for the last ten years he worked as a ‘tour chef’ travelling the world, organising tour kitchens, and cooking for some of the biggest names in show business, such as Sir Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Depeche Mode, Kiss, Status Quo, Britney Spears, Katy Perry and Arcade Fire, to name but a few.
Lee opened Pullman Jack’s in Waterloo in March 2020, a week before the country went into lockdown, and it soon became a go to throughout the pandemic. As restrictions started to ease towards the end of last year, they appeared at many makers and artisan markets which helped grow the business by building a strong following online and creating demand for his meat and vegan products.
Lee was encouraged by many to enter The British Pie Awards on Friday last week, which have been running since 2009, and unsurprisingly he obtained both recognition and multiple awards for the incredible pies he hand-makes.
“I was delighted to win the Newcomer Award on Friday along with many of my pies winning induvial awards too. There were 813 pies entered so to achieve the recognition I received is a true testament to my hard-work and my products and I am looking forward to growing my business nationally now too,” comments Lee.
These are the other categories and flavours of pie that Pullman Jack’s was recognised for:
Gold award for their Cherrywood Smoked Pulled Pork & Bury Black Pudding
Silver for Pullman’s Tandoori Chicken & Bombay Potato
Silver for ‘Savoy Truffle’ (a mushroom pie inspired By The Beatles Music) in Class 19: Vegan Pie Category
Silver for ‘Minced Beef, Onion & Guinness’ in Class 8: Beef & Ale Pie Category
Bronze for ‘Scouse’ in Class 10: Meat & Potato Category
Lee also made history as the first pie maker based in Liverpool to achieve the ‘class’ award and the ‘newcomer’ award in the history of the awards.
Pullman Jack’s offers a variety of different flavour pies and weekly specials, so there really is something for everyone. This week’s special is a firm customer favourite and is a pie containing their ‘chicken kebab’ secret recipe, chilli sauce and garlic aioli. Lee’s flair for flavourings and textures is why his pies are so popular and now they are award winning too.
Another stand out factor is that Lee smokes all the meat he uses for the pies himself. His Cherrywood Smoked Pulled Pork, Smoked Beef Brisket, Smoked Chicken and Smoked Cheese are all in high demand throughout the city, with multiple restaurants and independents requesting that they can include them on their menus. This is an area of the business that Lee is looking forward to growing further, especially on a national level.
In keeping with the global food movement, Pullman Jack’s have witnessed an ever-increasing demand for their vegan pies both locally and nationally, with other food outlets hoping to stock his vegan produce too.
Pullman Jack’s has a production unit in Bromborough and supplies to many outlets throughout Liverpool, as well as stocking the full range in store on Ferndale Road, Waterloo.