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Meet the team

Meet the team of chefs and restaurateurs that successfully conquered Mount Kilimanjaro in 2013, raising over £50,000 in the process. 

Ashley Palmer-Watts

Ashley Palmer-Watts - Head Chef at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

Ashley joined Heston Blumenthal at The Fat Duck in Bray in 1999 when it had just received its first star. Within two years, he was promoted to Sous Chef and he became Head Chef in 2003. Since 2008, he has been the Executive Head Chef for the Fat Duck group. Ashley currently heads up the kitchen at Dinner by Heston Blumenthalat the Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park.

 

John FreemanJohn Freeman - Head Chef at Restaurant Sat Bains

Sat Bains, the manager of the Nottingham-based restaurant, said of their success over the years: “I never thought two stars was in my grasp, but we’ve done it through sheer determination. My head chef John Freeman has been with me ten years – it’s as much for him as for us – and for the people who believed in our vision."

 

Paul FosterPaul Foster - Head Chef at Tuddenham Mill

Paul Foster has been the Head Chef at Tuddenham Mill for three years. At only 30 years of age, and in his first Head Chef role, Paul has been turning the heads of critics in the culinary world and has received many accolades including ‘Young Chef of the Year 2011’ by the Observer Food Monthly and ‘Up-and-Coming Chef of the Year 2012’ from the Good Food Guide.

 


Paulo de TarsoPaulo de Tarso
- Senior Maitre D' at Bar Boulud

Paulo de Tarso was born in Brazil of Italian descent, and moved to the US in his teens. He came to London eight years ago, bringing an international energy and passion. Paulo has established a firm footing in the restaurant scene as the front man at Bar Boulud London, having been part of some of London’s most iconic restaurants, The Wolseley and Scott’s. He has a love for the vibrancy and life of the industry and brings a natural charisma and a true love of people to the front of the house. He has won many awards for his work, including Best Front of House in 2010 at Bar Boulud.

Paul Gwilliams

Paul Gwilliams - the team's cameraman

Paul is a lighting cameraman with over 15 years' experience working in broadcast on documentaries, factual programming and entertainment as well as corporates and news.