PITCH is billed as a homage to the West Sussex seaside town and as a “celebration of home-grown and locally sourced produce”.
Set to open in May, the restaurant will span two floors, including a private dining room.
The third floor will eventually be home to the PITCH Cookery School, which is expected to open later this year.
Tutt’s food will “draw inspiration from a variety of sources, including the local Worthing area and surrounding Sussex countryside, British suppliers, and childhood memories”.
The example menu includes doughnuts with whipped goat’s cheese, toasted hazelnut and thyme jam; ham, egg and chips (Sussex ham hock with eggs, chips and gooseberry chutney); and chocolate cereal (cereal panna cotta with peanut butter, chocolate pretzel crackle and chocolate yogurt sorbet).
“My favourite thing about food and cooking is the way that it brings people together, so opening up my own restaurant is a dream come true,” says Tutt.
“The fact that I am doing so in my home town of Worthing is the cherry on the top. I’m so excited to open the doors of PITCH in May, I can’t wait to share the dishes I’m creating – I’m working hard on the menus at the moment and am thoroughly enjoying getting out into the countryside and meeting with my wonderful producers.”
Prior to winning MasterChef in 2018, Tuttt was a bank manager.