Newly crowned National Chef of the Year 2014
Our Head Chef Russell Bateman is a rising star in cuisine and claimed the title of the prestigious Craft Guild of Chefs National Chef of the Year 2014, following an intense cook-off at The Restaurant Show on 7 October 2014.
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Russell joined The Grove from The Feathers in Oxford where he was appointed Head Chef in 2007. Prior to that, Russell worked in many Michelin star restaurants including Pétrus and Auberge de L'Eridan, Capital Hotel and Restaurant and Midsummer House. Russell has worked alongside many notable chefs, such as Gordon Ramsay, Marcus Wareing and Marc Veyrat, who have all helped him shape his own unique style.
Russell prides himself on using the freshest and best ingredients for his innovative dishes; he picks fruit and vegetables to use that evening in the Walled Garden. His style of food is cosmopolitan, embracing diverse food cultures. From a young age he was in touch with different ethnic groups that influenced his subtle use of spices and the way he mixes different flavours and textures.