At a glittering award ceremony held on Friday 24th November at London’s Park Plaza, Westminster Bridge and attended by almost 700 of the industry’s top hoteliers, restaurateurs and hotel staff, Cliveden’s Executive Head Chef, André Garrett was awarded the accolade of ‘Hotel Chef of the Year’ (fewer than 250 covers) in the Hotel Cateys 2017.
Since their launch in 2007, the Hotel Cateys have celebrated the most successful hotels, hoteliers and hotel employees across the UK. They were created to recognise and reward those individuals and teams that work tirelessly to make sure their business delivers an exceptional guest experience, day in – day out.
André Garrett joined Cliveden House in November 2013 to open the spectacular eponymous new dining room – André Garrett at Cliveden. Having worked with Nico Ladenis, Guy Savoy and the Galvin brothers, André’s name is now above the door at one of the most important country house hotels in Britain. The restaurant is currently ranked No.19 in the Waitrose Good Food Guide 2018 with an 8/10 rating. The restaurant has three rosettes in the AA Restaurant Guide 2018 and is rated No.22 in the Square Meal’s Top 100 UK restaurants 2017.
André who recently appointed fellow Roux Scholar Paul O’Neill as Head Chef of the André Garrett Restaurant at Cliveden, is a firm believer in training the next generation and actively encourages his team to enter culinary competitions, it is therefore fitting that he too has received this accolade which he describes as ‘feeling amazing’. Other chefs shortlisted in the Hotel Chef of the Year Category included Andrew Green of the Lowry in Salford; Chris Harrod from The Whitebrook near Monmouth, David McIntyre of 45 Park Lane, London and Luke Holder from Lime Wood near Lyndhurst in the New Forest.
André also oversees the kitchen and menus of The Astor Grill, the more informal second restaurant at Cliveden House that opened in April 2015 and is housed in the former stable block, and has created a light and healthy menu for Cliveden’s newly launched Spa.
Commenting on the award, Andrew Stembridge, Executive Director of Iconic Luxury Hotels, which includes in its current portfolio, Cliveden House in Berkshire, Chewton Glen in the New Forest, The Lygon Arms in the heart of The Cotswolds and London’s 11 Cadogan Gardens, said: “This is a fabulous accolade for André and we are immensely proud of his achievements.
“Historically, Cliveden was probably the most renowned hotel outside London and to have achieved this wonderful Hotel Catey Award reinforces the message that Cliveden is well and truly back on the map. Other recent accolades include being placed on The Platinum List 2017, as one of the Best Country House Hotels; being voted the most ‘Romantic Hotel’ in the 2017 Good Hotel Guide; and its newly opened Spa being name as ‘Best New or Back on the Scene Luxury Spa’, in the Condé Nast Johansens 2018 UK & Ireland Awards for Excellence.