Awards & Achievements

2017
2017
Lympstone Manor Opens!
To much acclaim, Michael opens Lympstone Manor officially on 3rd April.
2016
2016
Food Magazine Readers' Awards
Michael Caines awarded 'Local Food Hero' award at Food Magazine Readers' Awards
2016
Michael departs from Gidleigh Park after 21 years' service
2016
South West Tourism Awards
Coach House by Michael Caines and Kentisbury Grange wins for the second year running South West Tourism awards in both Small Hotel of the Year and Taste of the South West categories
2016
Palé Hall Launch
Launch of Palé Hall, North Wales
2016
Freeman of the City of Exeter
Michael awarded Freeman of the City of Exeter, drives sheep through Exeter High Street
2016
South West Tourism Award Winner
Coach House by Michael Caines and Kentisbury Grange wins for the second year running in bath small hotel of the year and taste of the south west categories
2016
Launch of Palé Hall, North Wales
2015
2015
Devon Tourism Awards
Coach House by Michael Caines wins Small Hotel Of The Year and Restaurant Of The Year at Devon Tourism Awards
2015
Devon Life Food & Drink Awards
Coach House by Michael Caines wins Best Hotel Restaurant at the Devon Life Food & Drink Awards
2015
Pearls, Abu Dhabi
Pearls by Michael Caines opens in Abu Dhabi
2015
Purchase of Courtlands, Lympstone
Transofmration starts on Lympstone Manor
2015
Trencherman's Awards
Michael wins Best Chef at the Trencherman's Awards
2014
2014
Devon Life Food Awards
Gidleigh Park wins Best Devon Hotel Restaurant at the Devon Life Food Awards
2014
Sunday Times Harden's Food List
Gidleigh Park No 1 Best Restaurant / No 1 Best Wine List / No 2 Best Service
2013
2013
The South West Tourism Awards
Gidleigh Park named Small Hotel of the Year
2013
Sunday Times Harden's Food List
Gidleigh Park No 1 Best Restaurant / No 1 Best Wine List / No 2 Best Service
2012
2012
Inaugural Food & Travel Awards
Gidleigh Park named Hotel of the Year & Rural Hotel of the Year
2012
The Sunday Times Food List
Gidleigh awarded Best Restaurant & Best Wine List in the South West
2012
Visit Devon Tourism Awards
Gidleigh Park wins Gold Hotel of the Year
2011
2011
Condé Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence
Gidleigh Park wins Most Excellent Restaurant at the Condé Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence
2010
2010
Launch of ABode Chester
2010
Sunday Times Top 100 Restaurants

Gidleigh Park voted Number One in the Sunday Times Top 100 Restaurants, "flawless cuisine, luxurious and welcoming a wonderful all round experience in a gorgeous location"

2010
Toptaple.com Top Restaurant Awards 2010
Gidleigh Park winner Top restaurant at the Toptaple.com Top Restaurant Awards 2010
2008
2008
Appointed Executive Head Chef at The Bath Priory
2008
Launch of ABode Manchester
2007
2007
AA Chef's Chef of the Year
Michael is named as the AA Chef's Chef of the Year
2006
2006
Appearance on The Great British Menu
Michael is invited to participate in 'The Great British Menu' televised on BBC2, a chef's competition for the honour of cooking for HRH The Queen's 80th birthday
2006
Launch of ABode Canterbury
2006
Launch of ABode Exeter at The Royal Clarence, Exeter
2006
Michael awarded an MBE
Michael is awarded an MBE for services to the hospitality industry
2005
2005
Honorary Degree of Doctor of Law (LLD)
Awarded Honorary Degree of Doctor of Law (LLD) by St Loye's School of Health and Sciences
2004
2004
Creation of ABode
In partnership with Andrew Brownsword; creation of the ABode group of hotels
2004
Dinner for the Prime Minister
Michael is invited to cook at 10 Downing Street for Prime Minister Tony Blair and the President of Poland
2003
2003
Michael Caines at the Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel
Opened Michael Caines at the Bristol Marriott Royal Hotel, Bristol
2002
2002
Cateys Awards
Michael awarded Chef of the Year at the Cateys Awards
2001
2001
Gidleigh Park in Tradition & Qualité guide

Gidleigh Park awarded entry into the Tradition & Qualité guide (Les Grandes Tables du Monde, one of only four restaurants in the UK so honoured)

2000
2000
Founded Michael Caines Restaurants
2000
Michael Caines at the Royal Clarence Opened
Opened Michael Caines at the Royal Clarence (Restaurant, Champagne and Cocktail Bar, Café Bar, Well House Tavern, MC Boutique)
1999
1999
Condé Nast Traveller Magazine Gold List
Gidleigh Park rated third best Hotel/Restaurant in the world by Condé Nast Traveller Magazine Gold List
1999
Gidleigh Park awarded Relais Gourmand
1999
Second Michelin Star

Awarded Second Michelin star as Head Chef at Gidleigh Park

1998
1998
Gidleigh Park Receives 5 AA Rosettes

Gidleigh Park awarded 5 out of 5 AA Rosettes for "outstanding cuisine"

1998
Young Achievers at Buckingham Palace
Attended a reception with the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace for "young achievers"
1997
1997
Good Food Guide Awards
Gidleigh Park awarded 9 out of 10, Good Food Guide
1996
1996
30 Young Achievers Under 30
Michael awarded "Acorn Award" one of 30 young achievers under 30
1996
Gidleigh Park Decanter Magazine "Restaurant of the Year"
1996
RADAR "People of the Year Award"
1996
Young British Talent by The Independent
Recognised by The Independent Newspaper "Young British Talent" as the best within his class
1994
1994
"Chef of the Year" in the Independent Newspaper
1987
1987
Awarded "Student of the Year" at Exeter College Catering College