Our Chefs and experts

To quote British Chef, restaurateur and TV Chef, Gordan Ramsay, "If you want to become a great chef, you have to work with great chefs".
With this in mind we have gathered together a carefully selected brigade of our talented Chefs from around Exclusive Hotels and Venues as well as gifted and brilliant local chefs, producers and experts. All of whom are passionate about sharing their knowledge and skills with like minded people.

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Iain Baillie, Tutor & Chef, South Downs College

Iain’s career developed through working at prestigious establishments including Inn on the Park, London; Longueville Manor, Jersey; Gravetye Manor, East Grinstead; Inverlochy Castle, Fort William and The Castle Hotel in Taunton.

Nicolas Bouhelier, Head Pastry Chef, Lainston House, an Exclusive Hotel

Nicolas is head pastry chef at Lainston House, an Exclusive Hotel and part of Exclusive Hotels and Venues. He was part of the "UK pastry team" for the World Pastry Cup 2013 Competition or chocolate design and plated dessert obtaining 9th place.

Paul Bray, Executive Chef, Fanhams Hall, an Exclusive Venue

After qualifying in 1988, Paul began his culinary career working at the Heathrow Penta and was soon promoted to Chef Tournant.

Jamie Brown, Executive Chef, The Royal Berkshire, an Exclusive Venue

Jamie joined Royal Berkshire in 2013 but has worked for Exclusive Hotels and Venues for over 11 years including time at Pennyhill Park and Fanhams Hall before becoming Executive Chef at Royal Berkshire.

Nicky Cottis, Sous Chef, The Royal Berkshire, An Exclusive Venue

Nicky joined the pastry team at Pennyhill Park as Commis Chef straight from college and through hard work, passion and dedication made her way up to Sous Chef working under Executive Chefs Karl Edmunds, Andrew Turner and David Campbell.

Steven Edwards, Creator of ETCH & Winner of Masterchef: The Professionals 2013

Steven Edwards rose to TV chef fame upon winning BBC2’s MasterChef: The Professionals in 2013 when he was Head Chef of The Camellia restaurant at South Lodge, an Exclusive Hotel, Horsham, West Sussex and part of Exclusive Hotels and Venues.

Sylvain Gachot, Cookery School Manager

Sylvain joined the brigade of chefs at Lainston as demi-chef de partie and worked hard over four years to become sous-chef and then after a further two years gaining valuable experience, he became Cookery School Manager in 2015.

Ben Gaddour, Head Chef, The Spa, Pennyhill Park, an Exclusive Hotel and Spa

Ben has led the kitchen at PHP Spa for the last six years. His cooking style is a blend of European, North African & Middle Eastern influences. Ben is very passionate about bringing different flavours together to create dishes which excite!

Lewis Hamblet, Executive Chef, South Lodge, an Exclusive Hotel

Starting with a catering course in his hometown of Bolton, Lancashire, he gained valuable experience at London’s renowned Savoy Hotel as well as Amberley Castle.

Joe Hibberd, Senior Chef de Partie, Lainston House, An Exclusive Hotel

Joe has worked at Lainston for 2 years under Head Chef, Olly Rouse. Since he was young Joe has always enjoyed cooking outside and developing his own recipes for his BBQ and passion for cooking over a live fire! Previously Joe worked at Careys Manor!

Jackie Kearney, Masterchef Finalist 2011

Jackie Kearney, British Street Food Awards & MasterChef Finalist 2011 Award-winning author of Vegan Street Food, teacher and street food chef, Jackie’s food passion lies with world street food, vegan & vegetarian dining.

Edd Kimber, Great British Bake Off Winner 2010, TV Personalitiy & Food writer

Edd is a baker and food writer who writes for the UK's leading food magazines. He is the author of three best-selling cookbooks The Boy Who Bakes, Say It With Cake and his latest Patisserie Made Simple, a guide to the intricacies of French baking.

Helen Lang, Creator of 'A Basing Bakes'

Starting her own business called ‘A Basing Bakes’ which specialises in gluten free baking supplying a range of cakes, quiches, pies, pasties and bread to a number of cafes, hotels and individuals.

Beca Lyne-Pirkis, The Great British Bake off Finalist 2013

In 2013, Beca was one of the baker’s dozen in the 4th series of The Great British Bake Off. She quickly gained a following due to her homely style of baking as well as her warmth and humour with the other contestants.

Andy Mackenzie, Executive Chef, The Exclusive Chefs Academy

Andy Mackenzie has been a chef with Exclusive Hotels and Venues for over 27 years.

Mark Tilling, Master Chocolatier, Squires Kitchen

Whilst Mark was head pastry chef at Lainston House, an Exclusive Hotel, Hampshire he became UK Chocolate Master 2006-2010 and is now Squires Kitchen’s Master Chocolatier and resident tutor.

Jennifer Williams, Founder of Naked Jam

Jennifer Williams is an artisan jam maker dedicated to producing conserves of the highest quality where the flavour of the fruit is the most important ingredient.

Stu Henshall, The Great British Bake Off contestant 2015, Food Demonstrator and Presenter

Since being a contestant on TGBBO Stu Henshall set up the increasingly popular website www.TheAlternativeKitchen.net. Stu has made the move from touring musician to food demonstrator and presenter. Who said food can’t be rock’n’roll?