Michael Caines MBE

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Michael Caines is an acclaimed celebrity chef. He was AA Chef’s Chef of the Year in 2007.

Michael gained his passion for food from his mother, whom he helped in the kitchen.

He attended Exeter Catering College where his talent was evident, earning him the accolade ‘Student of the Year’ in 1987. He spent a year and a half at the Grosvenor House Hotel, before embarking on three influential years under his mentor Raymond Blanc at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons. Then he moved to hone his profession under the guidance of Bernard Loiseau in Saulieu and Joël Robuchon in Paris.

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Michael returned to Britain in 1994 to take up the position of Head Chef at Gidleigh Park. Michael founded Michael Caines Restaurants in 1999. Then the next year opened his first signature restaurant Michael Caines at The Royal Clarence in Exeter. His hard work paid off, and in 2001 he won Chef of the Year at the prestigious Cateys Awards.

His cuisine is truly original and brilliant, a fact recognised not just by appreciative visitors to Gideigh Park but by guidebook editors and those who give out awards and accolades. With his classical French training in some of the finest restaurants in the world, and utilising the best and freshest local and regional produce and products from the West Country, Michael has created a style that is uniquely his own, at once classic yet also highly innovative, a fact recognised with the award of a second Michelin star in 1999.

He is an inspirational leader and loves to share his passion, vision and skills with the teams of talented, enthusiastic chefs that are now working in the kitchens of the restaurants that bear his name.

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