Meet the Chef: Damian Wager

Damien Wager is primarily a self taught pastry chef, who over the past 24 months has rose towards the top of the U.K. Pastry Chef rankings due to his numerous exploits.

Through his own company, Edible Art Patisserie Limited, Damien has agreed a deal to open his own on-campus patisserie at Cheshire College in early Summer 2019, a deal to launch his debut book ‘Edible Art’ in October 2019, become brand ambassador for both Forest Produce (Specialist ingredients) & HEiH Chocolate (new high-end chocolate company) and has also been invited into the Valrhona ‘Cercle V’ programme for 2019.

Damien’s social media following has no doubt had a positive effect and been a driving factor in his success, but numerous publication articles and features in top magazines, as well as being nominated for ‘Young Chef of the Year’ at the 2018 Restaurant Awards in a category brimming with talent, has certainly propelled Damien onto many chefs radars.

Most recently, Damien has happily taken the position as ‘Patisserie Development Chef’ at Kentisbury Grange and is thrilled to be given the opportunity to work alongside his friend and Head Chef, James Mason.

Meet the Chef: James Mason

James Mason, Head Chef

The Coach House by Michael Caines
Kentisbury, Barnstaple

In 2015 James was the winner of The Young Professional South West Chef Award and we are delighted to have James Mason, aged 26 years, at The Coach House by Michael Caines as our Head Chef.

James started his career 9 years ago at Exeter College as an apprentice before he started work at Michael Caines, The Abode, Exeter. Following this, James also worked at Royal Hospital Road under Gordon Ramsey giving him more work experience, before going to France. On his return, James worked at Michelin Star Restaurant Tristan before his move to a Senior Sous Chef for the Salutation Inn at Topsham, Exeter.

James’s passion lies with training young and upcoming chefs at the start of their apprenticeships as well as his most recent achievement of three AA Rosettes.

The menus created for The Coach House by Michael Caines have been carefully designed to reflect the seasonality of fresh, local produce and if visiting North Devon it must surely be on your list of places to visit.

James Mason

The Coach House by Michael Caines is open for bookings!

 

 

The Coach House by Michael Caines is a culinary experience that will change the way you think about restaurant dining.

A masterpiece of contemporary rustic design and innovative yet classic cuisine, the celebrated restaurant was awarded three AA Rosettes in 2017 and Taste Of The South West in the South West Tourism Awards 2015.

This 17th century former coaching house, now a Michael Caines restaurant, incorporates a stunning walnut and marble bar with an oak staircase, handmade artisan furniture and stylish décor to create a glamorous yet intimate dining space.

Situated in the grounds of Kentisbury Grange Hotel and surrounded by gently rolling fields, the restaurant is in a truly remarkable location and open all year round for Lunch, Dinner and Afternoon Tea.

The menus at The Coach House by Michael Caines have been carefully designed to reflect the seasonality of fresh, local produce. Chef is more than happy to cater for any special dietary requirements – please let us know at time of booking so that we can prepare something for you.

2 courses for £15.00 / 3 courses for £20.00:

Monday – Thursday lunch

Tel: +44 (0) 1271 882 295

Kentisbury, Barnstaple. North Devon, EX31 4NL

Twitter:              @KGCoachHouse
Facebook:         /KentisburyGrange
Email:                 reception@kentisburygrange.com
Website:             www.kentisburygrange.co.uk

 

Chef Thomas Hine joins the team at The Coach House

thomas-hine_2 (2)The Coach House Restaurant at Kentisbury Grange Hotel welcomes new Head Chef Thomas Hine at a time when the team are anticipating and celebrating the restaurant’s new partnership with renowned chef Michael Caines MBE.

Until recently Tom was Executive Chef at Michael Caines at ABode in Chester following a successful career which saw him rise through the ranks at a number of highly acclaimed restaurants including Gidleigh Park, The Bath Priory and Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant.

Born in Cornwall, Tom studied Hospitality and Catering at the College of Cornwall before joining Rick Stein’s team – a position which helped develop his passion for seafood and local produce.

Working his way up through the kitchen hierarchy, Tom spent many years honing his talent under the watchful eyes of some of the South West’s most celebrated chefs before joining Michael Caines at Gidleigh Park.

Tom says: “Working alongside Michael Caines was a huge influence on my style of cooking and gave me a great appreciation for the fresh local produce that we are so lucky to have access to in the South West.

When Michael gave me the opportunity to run my own kitchen at ABode Chester I felt truly honoured. Now I’ve been offered a new challenge along with the opportunity to return to the South West where the local produce is second to none.

I am excited to be leading the talented and passionate team at The Coach House Restaurant in North Devon, and look forward to introducing delicious new dishes to the restaurant’s much loved seasonal menus”.