Chris Cleghorn has been Head Chef at the Olive Tree since February 2013. Since then his cooking has continually garnered incredible praise and recognition; he was awarded 3 AA rosettes in under 9 months and October 2018 saw him awarded his first Michelin star.

From his first professional kitchen at The Crown at Whitebrook to the Fat Duck Chris has filled his career with experience at the highest level. His mentor for many years, Michael Caines, was the driver behind Chris’ development and at Gidleigh Park holder of 2 Michelin Stars. Chris worked with Michael as Senior Sous Chef before joining the Olive Tree Restaurant in 2013 as Head Chef.

After such success, now is not the time to rest on his laurels – his focus on his relationship with local suppliers and his commitment to seasonality in his menus is undeniable. What will the future hold? If the popularity of the Olive Tree’s SIX and NINE tasting menus is anything to go by, the future looks very exciting indeed.

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