Head Chef - Shane Hughes
Shane Hughes, an ambitious and highly experienced individual, joined Great Fosters in January 2013 to open and oversee an intimate and sophisticated new restaurant, the Tudor Room at Great Fosters. Shane’s vision is to provide a progressively modern style of cooking rising from classical beginnings. He aims to raise the profile of the hotel with a highly focused style of customer service and place Great Fosters firmly on the map on par with the top restaurants in the country.
Born in South Africa, Shane began his career as a commis chef at Hartwell House in Buckinghamshire almost 20 years ago followed by two years at the 5 star Connaught Hotel in Mayfair where he received his classical training. Progressively working his way up through the ranks he contributed to the 5 AA rosettes and 2 Michelin stars awarded to John Burton Race at the Landmark in London in 2001.
Keen to broaden his experience, he assisted Head Chef, Martin Burge in opening Whatley Manor, a 5 red star property in Wiltshire and 4 AA rosettes and 2 Michelin stars swiftly followed. In 2006 he was awarded a Michelin Star in his position as Head Chef at Ynyshir Hall, the only Relais and Chateaux hotel in Wales. During his time there, Shane was presented to the world’s Relais Gourmand Chefs, all of whom have at least 2 Michelin stars, as a “Rising Star” at Relais and Chateaux in 2010.
Highly motivated, Shane hopes to gain further prestigious culinary awards for Great Fosters. His menu will be constantly evolving, demonstrating his creativity and passion for simple cookery with intense flavours. He is an avid forager and plans to gather some of his ingredients from the grounds of the hotel and local area. Other produce will be hand selected to ensure the best products from the finest suppliers, several of whom Shane has long standing relationships with. The new kitchen garden at Great Fosters will also play a major part in providing fresh, organic ingredients for the menu.