Local man Neil Wrigley has successfully worked his way up the ranks to become head chef at the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill at DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House in Congresbury.
Neil has worked at the four-star hotel in North Somerset for the past six years, starting as an apprentice in the kitchen before being made a chef within the events department.
He soon became head chef in events and has now been appointed as the head chef at the exclusive Marco Pierre White eatery.
Neil, who lives in Weston-super-Mare, trained at Weston College, studying Pro Cooking and undertaking an NVQ course in Hospitality Management.
He said: “Working in the kitchens at DoubleTree by Hilton, Cadbury House has taught me a lot about catering at a very high standard. It is a four-star boutique hotel so the food always has to reflect that and I love creating dishes that people expect to find in venues like ours.
“My passion has always been for food and cooking so it’s a huge honour for me to now be head chef at such a fantastic restaurant and to be working under a culinary legend like Marco Pierre White.
“The thing I love most about my job is creating the interesting and delicious seasonal dishes for our specials menus. It gives me the chance to be creative and play around with flavours. I am very lucky that at Marco Pierre White’s I am able to use the best fresh local produce.”
Food and beverage manager Sarah Warren said: “It is fantastic that Neil has worked his way up from an apprentice to the head chef position. His flair and creativity as well as his skill in the kitchen is proving a massive hit with customers already and we are looking forward to seeing what he’s going to do next!”
For menus and further information on the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill Bristol visit www.mpwsteakhousebristol.co.uk or call 01934 839 019.