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"Good food served with friendly style is for everyone, I firmly believe, and this is what we aim to offer "
Cooking is my passion. I love it and I can never see not being in the kitchens. My interest in food began when I was a child - growing up in a large family (one of 6 children). Meal times were spent together as a family around the table enjoying fruit and vegetables grown by dad turned into wonderful simple meals by my mum, with a little help from me. It was a last minute decision to train as a chef and I have never looked back.
These days I consider my relationship with my chefs to be deep and meaningful. We are more than just professional colleagues: we share friendships based on mutual respect and shared values. In all the Michael Caines Restaurants, you will see that about half of the dishes bear the MC logo - indicating that they are my own signature dishes. This allows my chefs to have the freedom and the platform to develop their own creative and personal dishes. That is what makes dining in a Michael Caines Restaurant such a unique and exciting experience.
I have long been proud to proclaim that Michael Caines is inclusive not exclusive. We have proved this through the popularity of our dining concepts at all levels, from Gidleigh Park, The Bath Priory and Michael Caines Restaurants in ABode hotels, to our more informal Café Bar & Grills and Taverns. Good food served with friendly style is for everyone, I firmly believe, and this is what we aim to offer.
For those who enjoy the finer things in life, I have set up an Exclusive Dining Club. I have made my name and my reputation on a signature style of cuisine that is all at once modern, based on the finest local and regional produce and ingredients; yet which is also rooted in classic cooking techniques and traditions. Alongside this, we stand for professional and friendly service of the highest order. This was recognised when Gidleigh Park was rated the number one restaurant in the UK in The Sunday Times/Hardens Guide Top 100 British Restaurants.
Exclusive Dining Club members will enjoy not only discounts, but also exclusive dining events, priority booking on events and many other members' benefits at Gidleigh Park, The Bath Priory and ABodes in Exeter, Manchester, Canterbury and Chester. You'll find details of how to join here.
Over the years I have experienced many exciting achievements. I started my career at Exeter Catering College, where I now have my ownMichael Caines Academy, before going on to work at The Grosvenor House Hotel. I had the opportunity to work for Raymond Blanc and the late Bernard Loiseau, two of my culinary heroes. It was Raymond who put me forward for the role at Gidleigh Park where I have spent the past 19 years, achieved 2 Michelin stars and 5 AA rosettes. It feels like only yesterday that I took up the helm but time flies when you are enjoying yourself.
Andrew and Christina Brownsword and I look forward to seeing you at Gidleigh Park, The Bath Priory, or one of our other wonderful hotels in the Brownsword Collection sometime soon.
Michael Caines MBE