1 Michelin Star Chefs: Adam Smith, executive chef, Coworth Park

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Editor 25th October 2017

Adam Smith is the executive chef at of the one Michelin-starred Coworth Park in Ascot.

In his role as executive chef, Adam Smith oversees food operations at all three Coworth Park restaurants, as well as the in-room dining and catering for events. They host regular speaker events and wine dinners at the hotel, with bespoke menus.

Restaurant Coworth Park

Restaurant Coworth Park

Blacknest Road, Ascot, Berkshire, SL5 7SE

Opening hours: Breakfast Monday-Sunday 7–10.30am; Lunch Friday -Sunday 12.30–2.00pm; Dinner Wednesday-Saturday 6.30–9.30pm

Website: www.dorchestercollection.com/en/ascot/coworth-park

Telephone: 01344 876 600
Email: [email protected]

Executive Chef: Adam Smith

Head Pastry Chef: Lucy Jones

Restaurant Director: Jonathan Ellson

Head Sommelier: Michael Fiducia

General Manager: Zoe Jenkins

Facebook: Coworth Park

Twitter: @CoworthParkUK

Biography

Adam Smith’s professional career began in 2004 at one of the country’s finest luxury hotels, The Ritz London. At just 17 years old, he worked his way up from second commis to executive sous chef over the course of nine years.

Coworth Park Executive Chef Adam Smith in kitchen highres
Adam Smith

Adam cites executive chef John Williams MBE as his biggest inspiration. In 2007 and 2009, Adam represented the UK at the Bocuse D’Or. He was also the winner of the Roux Scholarship 2012.

From washing pots in a Birmingham pub to cooking at a Michelin star restaurant, Adam has come a long way. The same year as winning the Roux Scholarship he won the Observer Food Monthly young chef of the year award.

In 2013, Adam moved to The Devonshire Arms, Bolton Abbey, where he was head chef at their acclaimed Burlington Restaurant. During Adam’s time there, the restaurant was awarded four AA Rosettes and won The Yorkshire Post Hotel Restaurant of the Year award. In July 2016, it was announced that he would take on the new role at Restaurant Coworth Park.

Coworth Park

Coworth Park is a luxury hotel and spa resort in Ascot, with several buildings spread across 240 acres, including the original late 18th-century Coworth House. It is owned by the Dorchester Collection, and is the only hotel in the UK that has its own polo grounds.

The hotel has three restaurants: Restaurant Coworth Park, The Barn and The Drawing Room. In his role as executive chef, Adam Smith oversees food operations at all three, as well as the in-room dining and catering for events. They host regular speaker events and wine dinners at the hotel, with bespoke menus.

Restaurant Coworth Park is in the Mansion House. It has elegant décor, French doors and a rose terrace on which guests can enjoy views of the grounds. There are also three private dining areas available, separate from the main restaurant. It was awarded a star in the Michelin Guide UK 2018, just over a year after Adam joined the team.

 Food Style

Adam’s food style is modern, British and seasonal, heavily influenced by the ingredients grown in-house on the Coworth estate. His mantra is ‘taste is king’, as stated in an interview on the hotel’s website and he cites the Exmoor caviar tart with Cornish crab, yuzu and cucumber as an example of this.

Restaurant Coworth Park offers a variety of daytime and evening menus, including a ‘Best of British’ lunch and dinner menu and a separate menu for children. The tasting menu is seven courses, priced at £95 per person.

A few words from John Williams MBE

(source The Roux Scholarship) A few words from John Williams MBE – Executive chef –The Ritz London “Adam worked for me for 9 years. He is very much a wise, head-on young shoulders gentleman with great skills in his cooking.

Looking back through history with respect enables him to move forward with his modern approach cooking skills. He is a leader by example which is what every great chef should be, he has a great desire to learn and develop his style of cookery."

Videos with Adam Smith: 

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The  Staff Canteen

The Staff Canteen

Editor 25th October 2017

1 Michelin Star Chefs: Adam Smith, executive chef, Coworth Park