1 Michelin Star Chefs: Hrishikesh Desai, executive chef, Gilpin Hotel and Lake House

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Hrishikesh Desai is executive chef for the one Michelin starred, Gilpin Hotel and Lake House in Cumbria.

Growing up in Pune in western India food formed a big part of Hrishikesh’s childhood.

Gilpin Hotel and Lake House

The Gilpin Hotel

Crook Road, Windermere LA23 3NE


Tel: 015394 88818
Email: [email protected]

Opening hours: 
Dinner Monday to Sunday 6pm to 9pm

Executive chef: Hrishikesh Desai
Restaurant manager: Daniel Bill 
Sommelier: Stefan Lydka

Facebook: Gilpin Hotel and Lake House

Twitter: @dhrishikesh

Instagram: @gilpinhotel


Hrishikesh knew as early as four years old that a career in hospitality was for him after visiting Pune’s prestigious five-star Blue Diamond Hotel and being inspired by the glass floors, marble and Indian cuisine.

Hrishikesh Desai
Hrishikesh Desai

Initially embarking on a profession in front of house (Hrishikesh spent three years studying for a hotel management diploma), Hrishikesh’s career-changing moment came when he was advised to learn French. Winning a scholarship to the Institut Paul Bocuse in Ecully near Lyon in France he witnessed crème brûlée being caramelised. In this moment Hrishikesh made the life-changing decision to stay on at Institut Paul Bocuse but to retrain as a chef.

After winning the Roux Scholarship in 2009, Hrishikesh chose to train under the guidance of Thomas Keller at the three Michelin starred, The French Laundry in Napa Valley, California.

From here Hrishikesh has worked in various Michelin starred kitchens including the two starred, Les Maison de Bricourt and one starred Le Chateau de Bagnol both in France, and the one starred Lucknam Park based in Bath where Hrishikesh cites executive chef, Hywel Jones for much of his success.

Alex Polizzi: Chefs on Trial and Gilpin Park

Following his appearance on BBC2’s documentary show, Alex Polizzi: Chefs on Trial in 2015, Hrishikesh was chosen to head up the kitchen at The Gilpin Hotel and Lake House. Following a rigorous interview process and tough culinary assessments in the final, Hrishikesh Beat off stiff competition to win the role.

After just one year at The Gilpin, Hrishikesh was awarded his first star in the Michelin Guide UK in 2016.

Food style

With the spice trade at the heart of Cumbria’s history, Hrishikesh tries to source all of his spices locally in order to stay true to Cumbria’s rich heritage. With a fondness for recapturing childhood memories, Hrishikesh combines produce from the Lake District with classical methods to deliver modern British dishes with a twist showcasing the best of Asia as well as India, Thailand and China.

Other achievements

Hrishikesh was crowned winner of the Roux Scholarship in 2009 and also won the title of the Craft Guild of Chef’s National Chef of the Year 2010.

Videos with Hrishikesh Desai:

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Editor 27th November 2017

1 Michelin Star Chefs: Hrishikesh Desai, executive chef, Gilpin Hotel and Lake House