Meet the Chefs


This Year's Chefs : 2018

25th August 2018
Elliott Lidstone of Box-E

Elliott Lidstone

Elliot sharpened his knife skills at the refined L’Ortolan and made a splash in a Hackney pub, The Empress, but at BOX-E, he and wife Tessa […]
25th August 2018

Jamie Randall

Jamie, originally from Deal in Kent, completed his training at Thanet Catering College and is a past winner of the Annual Award for Excellence from the […]
25th August 2018

Louise Mccrimmon

Louise McCrimmon trained at Leith’s School of Food and Wine where she learnt the classic techniques that are the back bone of her cooking today. After […]
25th August 2018
Emily Watkins, Chef / Proprietor of the Kingham Plough

Emily Watkins

Emily Watkins’ journey as a chef began in the kitchens of Ristorante Beccofino, Florence, Italy. She loved the passion and energy the Italians put into everything, […]
25th August 2018
Chef / Owner of Adelina Yard in Bristol, Olivia Barry

Olivia Barry

Chef Owner of Adelina Yard Olivia is a born and bred Bristol girl; at her apprenticeship under the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts, she was one […]
9th July 2018
The Tanner Brothers visit The Castle Hotel in September 2018

The Tanner Brothers

James Tanner James Tanner James’ career began at an early age, and whilst training at West Kent college in Tonbridge, he had his first taste of […]
4th July 2017
Jude Kereama

Jude Kereama

Jude Kereama Born and raised in New Zealand, Jude moved to the UK in 1996 having trained under acclaimed chef Simon Gault. He spent many years working
21st June 2017
Josh Eggleton of the Pony and Trap

Josh Eggleton

There are only a handful of pubs in the UK with a Michelin star, and Josh Eggleton’s Somerset bolthole is one of them.
21st June 2017
Dominic Chapman of The Beehive

Dominic Chapman

Dominic comes from a lineage of hospitality, as his family has owned and run The Castle Hotel, Taunton, for over 65 years. He began cooking in Australia in 1996, but feels
21st June 2017
Liam Finnegan

Liam Finnegan

Liam Finnegan has been head chef at The Castle Hotel in Taunton since 2012. He grew up in Carlingford, Co Louth in Ireland where he spent […]