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Adam Gray joined Skylon as executive head chef this March. Over the next two months he will be introducing a totally new style of cooking to the Grill and Restaurant as he aims to make Skylon one of London’s premier culinary destinations.
Adam brings a wealth of experience to the Skylon kitchen, having previously held a Michelin star for over a decade. He describes his food as modern British – simple, honest and with a sometimes unusual twist on classic dishes.
His career began when he moved to London from his native Northamptonshire to work for Bruno Loubet at the Four Seasons Hotel. Then, following a short spell in Australia, he returned to the UK to work at the world-famous Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons in Oxfordshire for two years.
In 2001, Adam met Gary Rhodes and was appointed head chef at City Rhodes until 2003. He then went on to open the new restaurant, Rhodes Twenty Four, in the heart of the City of London. Under his direction the restaurant was awarded the BMW Best New Restaurant, three AA rosettes and a coveted Michelin star.
In 2003, Adam set up the ‘Adam Gray Chef’s Academy’ at Northampton College to offer work experience opportunities to gifted catering and hospitality students. Over its seven-year existence more than 40 students completed work experience placements at Rhodes Twenty Four, with some going on to secure full time jobs in the kitchen and the restaurant.
Returning to his roots, Adam became co-owner of The Red Lion in East Haddon, Northamptonshire – where he had worked while studying. And in the summer of 2011 the Shires Cookery School opened in a converted barn in The Red Lion’s grounds. The school offered an extensive range of courses from bread making to fish filleting and knife skills, and a range of other specialist courses designed to improve culinary skills and techniques.
In September 2011, after maintaining a Michelin star for ten years, Adam left Rhodes Twenty Four to focus on The Red Lion. It went from strength to strength, being included in the 2012 Good Food Guide and selected as one of the Editor’s choice top ten ‘country pubs’ in the guide. The Red Lion was also awarded a Bib Gourmand in the 2012 and the 2013 UK Michelin Restaurant Guide.
Adam is a member of the Academy of Culinary Arts, a Northamptonshire Ambassador and an Honorary Patron of The Hope Enterprise Charity. In 2012 he was awarded an Honorary Master of Science from Northamptonshire University in recognition of his commitment to training and development in the catering and hospitality industry.
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