Stages: Rest of the UK



Chef: Alex Bond
Cuisine: Modern British
One Michelin Star
Three AA Rosettes

Way of the Chef heads to Nottingham to battle stray Parmesan, bucking foam guns and charred lettuce at Alex Bond’s trend-setting fine dining spot, Alchemilla.

(Published Restaurant Magazine/Big Hospitality June 2019)



Chef: Richard Bainbridge
Cuisine: Modern British
Three AA Rosettes

Coming soon…

The Dysart
Petersham, Richmond

Chef: Kenneth Culhane
Cuisine: Traditional British
One Michelin Star
Two AA Rosettes

Way of the Chef joins 2010 Roux Scholar Kenneth Culhane at his restaurant, The Dysart, for a day of tomatoes, Thai green curry and apple roses in the sunshine. 

The Hand & Flowers
Marlow, Buckinghamshire

Chef: Tom Kerridge
Cuisine: French, British
Two Michelin Stars
Four AA Rosetttes

The world’s only two Michelin-starred pub and a veritable fortress with three kitchens; The Hand & Flowers is a formidable stage for any chef. Our stagiaire was put in charge of the white bait during service - the first course for every single table.


Heaney’s Restaurant

Chef: Tommy Heaney
Cuisine: Modern British

Coming soon…



Chef: Tom Clarke
Cuisine: Modern French
One Michelin Star
Three AA Rosettes

Coming soon…


The Oxford Blue

Chef: Steven Ellis
Cuisine: Modern British

Coming soon…

The Perfectionists’ Cafe
Heathrow Airport, Hounslow

Chef: Julian O’Neil
Cuisine: British

A 3am start at Heston Blumenthal's restaurant at London Heathrow Airport: Terminal 2. The Perfectionist Cafe proudly serves, quite literally, the best of British in quite extraordinary surroundings - but could we get past the immense security..?

The Pony & Trap
Chew Magna, Bristol

Chef: Josh Eggleton
Cuisine: Modern British
One Michelin Star
Two AA Rosettes

Wild garlic picking, ticket calling and a Chinese takeaway chef turned Michelin starred-commis. Our stage at Josh Eggleton’s brilliant countryside pub had the lot.

(Published Restaurant Magazine/Big Hospitality March 2019)


Number One at The Balmoral
Edinburgh, Scotland

Chef: Mark Donald, Gary Robinson
Cuisine: Modern Scottish
One Michelin Star
Four AA Rosettes

Coming soon…

Restaurant Coworth Park
Sunningdale, Ascot

Chef: Adam Smith
Cuisine: Modern British
One Michelin Star
Three AA Rosettes

A stage in Ascot on the edge of polo season taught our stagiaire plenty. From juggling multiple menu orders to plating canapes for royalty; it was no easy stint, with the talented brigade in the bowels of the hotel - as well as Adam Smith himself - guiding our man as things threatened to overwhelm…

(Published Restaurant Magazine/Big Hospitality September 2019)

The Sportsman
Whitstable, Kent

Chef: Stephen Harris
Cuisine: Modern British
One Michelin Star
Two AA Rosettes

You might think that, with our stagiaire’s godfather being Stephen Harris’ KP at The Sportsman, becoming part of the kitchen for the day would be a little easier than normal. A broken foot made sure that it wasn’t.

(Published Restaurant Magazine/Big Hospitality November 2018)

The Waterside Inn
Bray, Maidenhead

Chef: Alain Roux
Cuisine: French
Three Michelin Stars
Four AA Rosettes

Two days at The Waterside Inn in Bray was an amazing experience for our stagiaire. You never stop learning on stages and even making mistakes can be educational, with one particular moment at Alain Roux’s restaurant sure to stick with our man for the rest of his career.

Machynlleth, Wales

Chef: Gareth Ward
Cuisine: Modern British
One Michelin Star
Five AA Rosettes

A trip to Wales for our roaming stagiaire with the enigmatic Gareth Ward teaching him how to get the best of out meat (showing off his amazing salt chamber in the process).