Name: Michael Caines
Bio: Michael Caines is an English chef, who has previously been awarded two Michelin Stars whilst at Gidleigh Park, at the time the youngest chef to achieve this accolade, as well as winning Chef of the Year at The Catey Awards in 2001.
In 2004, Caines went into partnership with Andrew Brownsword and together they founded ABode, a fast-growing group of boutique hotels, which all include Michael Caines dining establishments.
In 2006, Michael Caines went on to receive the fantastic accolade that is a MBE for Services to the Hospitality Industry. Soon after in 2007, he also achieved the “AA Chefs’ Chef of the Year 07-08” award, which demonstrates just how highly he is held in the industry as this is voted for by his peers.
Gidleigh Park, whilst Caines was Executive Head Chef, was recently voted Number One in the Sunday Times and Hardens Top 100 Restaurants, where the venue achieved the top spot for Best Place to Stay and Best Wine List. The Bath Priory, whose Head Chef, Sam Moody, has developed his own style under Michael’s Guidance came in the top 3 in the South West and took 39th place overall.
Other TV Appearances: Saturday Kitchen, The Happy Foodie
Something you (probably) didn’t know: Michael is now in the process of creating his own country house hotel in a Grade II listed Georgian mansion overlooking the Exe estuary, due to open in Spring 2017.
Where can you see him? If your appetite has been wet and you want to see Michael in action, then fear not as he will be at Newstead Abbey for the Great Food and Drink Festival which runs from August 27th – 29th.
Michael will be appearing on Sunday 28th, so if you want to come along, make sure you get your tickets as soon as possible!