After serving an apprenticeship under the tutorage of Shaun Hill at Gidleigh Park, I took over the Jack kitchen in 1993. A year later we became one of the first pubs to achieve 2 AA rosettes – an award that we have maintained ever since. I won the ‘South West Chef of the Year’ competition in 2010 and am proud to have trained 3 subsequent winners. Along the way the pub has also won praise from Michelin and The Good Food Guide whilst featuring regularly in the UK’s Top 50 Gastropubs.
2020 marks my 26th year of continuous service as head chef – it’s a very rare occurrence in this industry and an achievement that I am immensely proud of.