Michelin-Starred Stages

 
 

Alyn Williams at The Westbury
Mayfair, London

Chef: Alyn Williams
Cuisine: Modern European
One Michelin Star
Four AA Rosettes

After prepping trompette mushrooms and expensive sand carrots from France, our stagiaire was asked to observe dinner service until he was given a chance to shine with a blowtorch and canapes.

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Club Gascon
Smithfield, London

Chef: Pascal Aussignac
Cuisine: Modern French
One Michelin Star

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Dinner by Heston
Knightsbridge, London


Chef: Ashley Palmer-Watts
Cuisine: British
Two Michelin Stars
World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards 2018: 45th
Four AA Rosettes

Running the sauce section at Heston Blumenthal’s world famous London restaurant, Dinner by Heston? Little did our stagiaire know that his stint at the 45th best restaurant in the world was actually a trial…

(Published Restaurant Magazine/Big Hospitality February 2019)


The Hand and 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 and 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.

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Mayfair, London


Chef: Ollie Dabbous
Cuisine: Modern British
One Michelin Star
Two AA Rosettes

Ollie Dabbous runs a tight ship at his new Mayfair powerhouse with our stagiaire coming across amazing breakfast eggs, a whole host of flowers on garnish and the wrong door to arrive back through from break.

(Published Restaurant Magazine/Big Hospitality October 2018)

Hof van Cleve
Kruishoutem, Belgium

Chef: Peter Goosens
Cuisine: Modern European
Three Michelin Stars
World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards 2018: 63rd

After a madcap trip through Lille in France and into Belgium, our stagiaire arrived at one of the best restaurants in the world for a stint in the kitchen. What he found was some of the best cooking he’d ever seen.



Kitchen Table
Fitzrovia, London


Chef: James Knappett
Cuisine: Modern British
Two Michelin Stars
Three AA Rosettes

Perhaps the most intimate kitchen in the UK? Twenty diners sit in a horseshoe-shaped bar top around the open kitchen at James Knappett’s London restaurant. And there is no room for error, for chef or stagiaire…

(Published Restaurant Magazine/Big Hospitality March 2018)

Le Gavroche
Mayfair, London

Chef: Michel Roux Jr.
Cuisine: French
Two Michelin Stars
Four AA Rosettes

On the larder at this famous London restaurant, our stagiaire was really put through his paces. With tickets flying out at the pass and temperatures rising, it was to be a real test of stamina and endurance.

Lyle’s
Shorditch, London


Chef: James Lowe
Cuisine: Modern British
One Michelin Star
World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards 2018: 38th
Two AA Rosettes

Would our stagiaire rise to the task of being in charge of a starter during dinner service at James Lowe’s famous Shoreditch restaurant, or would the white asparagus with walnuts, anchovy and Spenwood be a step too far?

(Published Restaurant Magazine/Big Hospitality September 2018)


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)

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Restaurant Andrew Fairlie
Gleneagles, Scotland

Chef: Stephen McLaughlin
Cuisine: French, Scottish
Two Michelin Stars
Four AA Rosettes

Coming soon…

The Ritz Restaurant
St James’s, London

Chef: John Williams MBE
Cuisine: British, French
One Michelin Star
Three AA Rosettes

We take a stage at one of the best hotel fine dining restaurants in the UK and learn all about how the kitchen operates from the executive chef, John Williams MBE (meeting a lot of apprentices and other stagiares along the way).

 

Sketch
Mayfair, London

Chef: Pierre Gagnaire
Cuisine: Modern European
Two Michelin Stars
Five AA Rosettes

Our stagiaire spent five days at Pierre Gagnaire’s London outpost, Sketch. The kitchen was majority French and he had to learn some important lessons quickly if he was to not only earn their respect but to survive at what is the top level of fine dining.

Texture
Marylebone, London


Chef: Agnar Sverrisson
Cuisine: Modern European
One Michelin Star
Four AA Rosettes

Slicing a hand open within minutes of stepping foot into a Michelin-starred kitchen isn’t the best way to start a stage. But, with blue plasters and a host of Scandinavian-influenced things to be learnt; our stagiaire soon got into the swing of things at Aggi Sverrisson London powerhouse…

(Published Restaurant Magazine/Big Hospitality June 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.

Ynyshir
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).

(Published Restaurant Magazine/Big Hospitality December 2018)