Leon started cooking at age 15, while still at school he enrolled on a catering course at Manchester Airport, catering for up to 2,000 people a day.
While at college, he began working at The Lowry Hotel in Manchester, where he quickly became a chef de Partie in the space of 4 months.
After leaving The Lowry Hotel, due to then head chef Eyck Zimmer parting company, he was offered to work at City Inn hotel Manchester, for Lee Scott.
Leon moved to the Cotswold with Lee and helped run Cotswold 88 Hotel in Painswick, there he achieved 3 rosettes and won restaurant of the year at the Cotswold food & drink awards.
In the summer of 2018 Leon opened up The Looking Glass in Cheltenham, with Phillip & Michelle Penwarden. After only being opened 7 months The Looking Glass has been nominated for multiple awards, and Leon’s organic farm to table cuisine has been popular with the locals.
The Looking Glass menu celebrates locality, seasonality & the best of Cotswold produce.
The receive whole cows from Whittington lodge Farm, Free Range Billy Goat from Cotswold Goat Company and have started growing their own organic vegetables.
Leon and the team, at the looking glass, are all passionate about the organic and sustainable movement in the industry and have created a dining experience like no other in a relaxed environment.