Berkshire: Michelin-starred chef André Garrett to join Cliveden House

Michelin-starred chef André Garrett MCA has been appointed executive head chef at Cliveden House in Berkshire, and will take up his position on October 7. 

Garrett’s appointment at Cliveden will coincide with the opening, this autumn, of a new restaurant. Formerly the Terrace Restaurant, the new restaurant will overlook the fabulous landscaped grounds of this National Trust property and will place Cliveden firmly back in the culinary heartland of England.

Commenting on the appointment, Andrew Stembridge, managing director of Cliveden House and its sister property Chewton Glen, said: “Our goal has always been to re-establishing this iconic property as one of the very best hotels outside of London. André’s appointment is a perfect match for our gastronomic aspirations.

“André will take over the reins from current executive chef Carlos Martinez, who has successfully held this challenging position for the past eight years. Carlos, who is planning an exciting new career move, has been a fabulous ambassador for Cliveden and we wish him every success in his new venture.”

Garrett was formerly head chef at Galvin at Windows restaurant in London, and his exceptional skills and talents have been developed over the past two decades in the hospitality industry.

Starting his career in 1989 as a commis chef at ‘Hunstrete House Hotel’ near Bath, after three years Garrett moved to London to join Nico Ladenis working across his three award-winning restaurants: ‘Simply Nico’, ‘Chez Nico’ and ‘Nico Central’ where he became the youngest-ever head chef. In 1998, he was appointed sous chef at ‘The Dining Room’, an independent restaurant at the five-star Landmark Hotel and then joined Chris Galvin in 2000 at the ‘Orrery’ where after one year he was promoted to head chef at this Michelin-starred restaurant in London’s Marylebone.

In 2002 Garrett won the prestigious Roux Scholarship and took the opportunity to move and hone his culinary skills at the prestigious ‘Guy Savoy’ in Paris for a year, before moving back to the ‘Orrery’.

Garrett was appointed head chef in 2006 of Chris Galvin’s newly-launched ‘Galvin at Windows Restaurant & Bar’ where he became renowned for his elegant modern French cuisine, and in 2010 he was awarded his first Michelin star. He is keen to nurture the next generation of chefs and actively works with the Academy of Culinary Arts for the Annual Awards of Excellence, Young Chefs Award and MCA.

Commenting on his appointment Garrett said: “Ever since I was a young man starting out in this amazing trade Cliveden has been the place to be outside of London. As soon as I visited I knew that I wanted to be a part of this new era. I am really excited to be joining the team, launching the new restaurant and placing Cliveden firmly back on the Gastronomic map.

In conclusion, general manager of Cliveden House Sue Williams said: “André is hugely respected in the industry and a serious player; I am thrilled that he is able to join our team at Cliveden House. This is such an exciting time in our culinary history and he will be following in the footstep of some very notable culinary luminaries. We look forward to harnessing all his skills to bring our guests the very best dining experiences to match the glorious surroundings of Cliveden.”