Pub Chef Passion meets Rachid Messaoudi, the Head Chef at the Parcel Yard

Rachid Messaoudi like many other restaurant chefs doubted that he would ever work in a pub kitchen, as he believed that restaurants were superior in working with organic ingredients to craft delicious dishes from fresh. Following years of experience working in an array of London restaurants including Quaglino’s, Paternoster Chop House, The Living Room on…

Be Inspired By… Aidan McGee

Name: Aidan McGee Age: 31 Pub Company: The Truscott Arms Job title: Head Chef Tell us about your career path: I started out work as a baran in a few local pubs in Ireland and then went on to run a nightclub and three bars. I liked the industry, but knew I hadn’t quite found my career path and…

Be inspired by… Roxanne Allen

Name: Roxanne Allen Age: 19 Job title: Demi Chef de Partie Pub/Bar Company: The Anthologist, Drake & Morgan Qualifications: Level 2 NVQ Professional Cookery, Level 3 VQR Professional Cookery “I love getting stuck in to new challenges and getting my hands dirty,” says Roxanne Allen, a 19 year old Demi Chef de Partie at The…

Be inspired by…Saul Stevens

Name: Saul Stevens Age: 30 Pub Company: Old School Bar & Kitchen Job title: Head Chef Tell us about your career path: I started my career in Redruth, as a commis chef in a traditional pub called Trickies. I looked after the starters and whatever else was required of me – the memory of prepping…

Be inspired by…Mark Dodson

Name: Mark Dodson Age: 57 Pub Company: Masons Arms, Knowstone Job title: Owner & Head Chef Tell us about your career path: I trained at Colchester Catering College for 3 years and left with a diploma aged 21. My first job was as a Commis Chef at the Portman Hotel in London. A year later, I moved on to…

Be inspired by…Steven Smith

Name: Steven Smith Age: 32 Pub Company: Freemasons at Wiswell Job title: Chef/Patron Tell us about your career path: I’ve been working in the industry since I was 15, from there it seems to have built up slowly but surely. I had a brief spell training in Catering & Hospitality at Blackburn College, from there,…

Be inspired by…Chris Lee

Name: Chris Lee Age: 40 Pub Company: The Packhorse Inn/Chestnut Inns Job title: Executive Chef Tell us about your career path: I was born and bred in Kent but I studied catering in Northampton on a day release scheme at Northampton College. After that I got some experience under my belt whilst working at the…

Be inspired by…Jesse Dunford Wood

Name: Jesse Dunford Wood Age: 37 Pub Company: Parlour, in Kensal Green NW10 Job title: Chef and Owner Tell us about your career path: My love affair with food started in a restaurant in Edinburgh washing pots – and then I progressed to cooking. I stepped off the deep end when I was 21 and…