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.

Andy Mackenzie, Executive Chef for Exclusive Hotels and Venues Chefs' Academy

Andy has earned the titles of Local food champion & A Hampshire Life Food Hero. He has been a chef with Exclusive Hotels and Venues for 32 years.

Sylvain Gachot, Cookery School Manager at SEASON

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 at Lainston House

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

Lewis Hamblet, Executive Chef of Camellia at South Lodge

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.

Matt Worswick, Head Chef at The Latymer, Pennyhill Park

Matt Worswick has worked in 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 and holds a Michelin star at The Latymer.

Rob Potter, Executive Chef at The Bybrook, The Manor House

Executive Chef, Rob Potters currently holds a Michelin star at The Bybrook restaurant at The Manor House. He has over 15 years’ experience working at a number of critically acclaimed hotels and restaurants across the UK.

Paul Bray, Executive Chef at Fanhams Hall

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 at The Royal Berkshire

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.

Mark Tilling, Master Chocolatier at 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.

Joe Hibberd, Sous Chef at 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 has worked at Careys Manor and Lainston House.

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.

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