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Michael Caines

As well as running the highly successful restaurant at Gidleigh Park, Michael also launched many of his own businesses in the world of catering and hospitality. He worked with Andrew Brownsword to open the Abode Hotels in Exeter, Glasgow, Canterbury, Chester and Manchester, each with a Michael Caines Restaurant inside. He also has a restaurant in Abu Dhabi and has catered for the Williams Formula 1 team since 2011.

After twenty-one years at Gidleigh Park, Michael left to open his own hotel and restaurant in Devon called Lympstone Manor in early 2017. His original cooking style, combining classical French technique with the finest ingredients of the South West, has already become one of the region’s culinary highlights – just six months after opening, Michael and his team were awarded a Michelin star.

Three things you should know

In 2006 Michael was awarded an MBE for services to the hospitality industry.

Michael’s first cookbook was published in 2014, and he has appeared on television shows such as Saturday Kitchen and MasterChef regularly.

Michael competed in the 2006 series of Great British Menu, getting to the final round representing the south west of England.