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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Matt Worswick

Matt Worswick has worked his way through some of the UK’s best restaurants, earning a Michelin star by the age of twenty-six. He now cooks bold, hearty plates with fantastic flavour.

Andrew Birch

Former Great British Menu Chef. His career has seen him work under Kenny Atkinson at Tean on the Isle of Scilly, London's Hotel Café Royal and as a senior sous chef at the Michelin-starred Montagu Arms in the New Forest.

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.

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.

Andy Mackenzie, Executive Chef, The Exclusive Chefs Academy

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

Rob Potter

Executive Chef at The Bybrook, The Manor House. He has over 15 years’ experience working at a number of critically acclaimed hotels & restaurants across the UK.

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.

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.

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, Sous Chef, Balmer Lawn Hotel

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 and then Lainston House. He is now the sous chef at Balmer Lawn Hotel

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.

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.

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.

Ian Swainson

Cooking Michelin-starred cuisine for over 15 years Chef Ian Swainson joined The Pass at South Lodge in Summer 2016 with a wealth of experience from award-winning restaurants throughout the UK.

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