Meet the Exclusive Chefs

All our classes are tutored by our very own Exclusive Chefs from around the Group as well as world renowned and local chefs and producers.

Here at Exclusive Hotels and Venues, we have a high pedigree of Chefs including holders of Michelin stars and multiple AA rosettes, a Master of Culinary Arts and a number of competition winners. All are highly skilled and experienced and delighted to share their expertise with you.

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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.

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.

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.

Andy Mackenzie, Executive Chef, The Exclusive Chefs Academy

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

Harriet Mitchell, Chef de Partie, The Bakery, Pennhill Park, An Exclusive Hotel and Spa

Torquay born and bred, Harriet, at her own admission, realised from an early age that she was obsessed with food considered a job in the catering industry to be her perfect job.

Olly Rouse, Executive Chef, The Avenue, Lainston House, an Exclusive Hotel

Olly has a tireless obsession for seeking out ingredients he considers special and firmly believes that a chef is a ‘custodian of nature’s larder’. Olly is keen to celebrate British and grows his own produce in the hotel’s abundant kitchen garden.

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.

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.