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 and currently runs the Exclusive Chef's Academy, a career development programme created to increase opportunities for chefs within the Exclusive Collection.
Taste of Hampshire fayre | Succulent steaks | Student survival | Christmas: the main event
Saucy sauces | Parent and child | Quick, simple, seasonal puddings | Easy entertaining
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.
The art of French cooking | Perfect pizza | Knife skills | Sushi
Soufflé masterclass | Friday night dinner | Parent and child
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.
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.
Dishes from the sea beginners and intermediate
Phil Yeomans, Executive Chef at Lainston House
Phil brings 23 years of experience from kitchens including; the Dorchester, Harvey Nichols, Soho House, Fearrington Inn in North Carolina and Head Chef of the Coral Beach Club in Bermuda.
Sarah Frankland, Head Pastry Chef at Pennyhill Park
Winning numerous awards during her career, including the Academy of Culinary Arts Awards of Excellence in Pastry in 2008, in 2012, an Acorn award by The Caterer magazine recognising 30 chefs under 30 for their work in the hospitality industry, came second in the UK selection for World Chocolate Master in 2017 and most recently becoming a finalist in 2019 Bake Off: The Professionals.
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.
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.
Fish and Shellfish | Pasta Perfection
Mitch Lee, founder of Mitch's Kitchen
Having worked as a vegan chef, culinary teacher and restaurant manager, Mitch is the founder of UK-wide plant-based food brand “Mitch’s Kitchen”. His knowledge around vegan and gluten-free principles has earned him endorsements from Vegan Living Magazine along with a roster of high profile celebrity clients whom Mitch has taught privately.
Veganuary | Vegan and Gluten Free Essentials | A Very Vegan Christmas
Fabricio Cano, Freelance Chef and Culinary Teacher
Fabricio has worked in award-winning restaurants, including the Michelin-starred Devos in Belgium and the Talbooth in East Anglia and, more recently in several cookery schools in London teaching alongside several celebrity chefs.
A taste of Espana! | A taste of Morocco! | A taste of Japan!
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.
Thai and Malaysian Cuisine | Asian Street Food
Joe Hibberd, Owner and Chef at Laet dining and BBQ enthusiast
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.
The art of BBQ