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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. On top of all that, he runs the Michael Caines Foundation, which supports a number of charities.

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, results in some wonderful dishes. Superlative Brixham turbot is poached in butter and comes with leeks, mushrooms and a sumptuous truffle butter sauce. There's loin of Powderham venison with chestnut, parsnip and vanilla purée, roasted vegetables, jasmine and raisin sauce, and langoustine cannelloni with braised fennel, sauce vierge, fennel purée, langoustine bisque. Both the tasting and à la carte menus change regularly to reflect the seasons, and Lympstone Manor's grounds are home to a huge variety of wild foods, as well as a fledgling vineyard from which Michael's team make their own sparkling wines.

After decades of working for various bosses, Michael is finally beating to the sound of his own drum, and the results are clear for all to see. Just six months after opening, Michael and his team were awarded a Michelin star, as well as a five star hotel rating from the AA.

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.