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Restaurant: The Woodspeen
John achieved his first Michelin star in 1998, in his first year at Lords of the Manor Hotel and Restaurant in Gloucestershire. In 2000 he launched his first cookery book Formulas for Flavour and quickly gained high acclaim from chefs and avid cooks nationally and internationally and also winning the Andre Cointreau award for best recipe book.
After a very successful five year term at the Lords of the Manor, in 2002 he moved to The Vineyard as Executive Chef. During his eight year tenure, he secured a global reputation for the restaurant's outstanding cuisine. John ran a successful Academy for young, enthusiastic chefs from all over the world and is dedicated to the training and development of young chefs. In 2007 the second Michelin star was awarded.
Known as the "Cerebral Chef", in 2008 he picked up the Cateys' Chef Award as well as the Education and Training Catey for his commitment to developing young chefs.
In 2010, John opened Coworth Park with the Dorchester Collection as Director of Food and Beverage, earning the fine dining restaurant a Michelin star in the first year of trading. John left the Dorchester group to create his own restaurant company.
After much searching for the right 'spot' for his new venture, John found the perfect plot in Newbury where he could also add his much longed for cookery school. John has created a dining space with a Scandinavian feel, whilst keeping the character of the original pub and retaining a warm atmosphere.