1 Michelin Star Chefs: Michael Wignall, The Angel at Hetton

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Michael Wignall is the chef owner of one Michelin-starred The Angel at Hetton.

One Michelin-starred chef Michael Wignall owns the Angel at Hetton. He was previously executive chef at Gidleigh Park and has won praise for his modern cooking technique and use of the best ingredients to create beautiful tastes on the plate. He previously held two stars at The Latymer, Pennyhill Park and has worked with some of the top chefs in the industry such as Marco Pierre White, Paul Heathcote and John Burton Race.

The Angel at Hetton 

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The Angel Inn, Hetton, Near Skipton,
North Yorkshire, BD23 6LT
Tel: 01756 730263
Email: [email protected]

Opening hours: 

Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 

Breakfast – 7.45am – 9.45am

A la carte lunch – 12pm- 2.30pm

Light lunch – 12pm- 3pm

Dinner – 6.30pm- 9pm 

Sunday 

Breakfast – 7.45am – 9.45am

Roast lunch – 12pm – 3pm

Light lunch – 12pm – 3pm

Dinner – 6.30pm- 8pm

Closed on Tuesday and Wednesday, all day.

Chef owner: Michael Wignall

Twitter: @MichaelWignall 

Instagram: @michaelwignall

Michael Wignall’s food style

His ever-evolving style creates unique dishes full of flavour, underpinned by a contemporary, less formal approach to fine cuisine. Describing his food as ‘modern, technical and meaningful’, each element brings flavour or texture, enticing diners to experience new combinations and ingredients.

Michael Wignall’s biography

Michael’s career very nearly went in a completely different direction to that of cooking. Born in 1967, he was educated at St Cuthbert Mayne School, Preston, and then at Preston College of Food and Arts. His passion at a young age was for BMX biking, which for which he gained sponsorship, and art. Dissuaded from following either of these by his mother, Michael went to college to take catering courses, doing the 706/1, 2 and 3.

Michael Wignall
Michael Wignall

Michael’s career to date

The chef then started a career in cooking and has been constantly surrounded by Michelin stars ever since. His first job was at Broughton Park with Paul Heathcote, remaining there for a couple of months before leaving with Heathcote when he set up his namesake restaurant.

He became a junior sous chef at Heathcotes, in Longridge near Preston, beginning in 1987. The restaurant gained 2 Michelin stars where he stayed until 1989. His mother’s cooking along with working under the much celebrated chef Heathcote inspired him to continue in the same vein.

It was at The Old Beams Waterhouses where he won his first Michelin star as head chef. He worked at the Staffordshire restaurant from 1993-95, and was named the Good Food Guide’s Best County Restaurant.

In 1996 he moved to work at Waldo's restaurant at Cliveden Hotel, retaining its Michelin star and earning 4 AA rosettes.

Two years later he headed back up north to take up the position of head chef at Michael's Nook Country House in Grasmere, filling the gap left by the departure of William Drabble. He managed to keep up the high standards and retained the Michelin star and 4 AA rosettes during his 4 years at the helm.

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His next venture was to The Devonshire Arms in North Yorkshire. He was appointed as executive head chef and stayed for many successful years from 2002-07, again maintaining the Michelin star and the 4 AA rosettes.

In 2007 he joined Pennyhill Park Hotel & Spa in Surrey as head chef of the restaurant, Michael Wignall at The Latymer. In 2012 Michael Wignall at The Latymer was awarded five AA rosettes, entering a very select group of just eight restaurants in the UK that have received this. 2013 saw the restaurant attain its second Michelin star, and it was classed 25th in the Good Food Guide top 50 restaurants, topping off a very successful period for Wignall and his team.

In 2016 Michael replaced Michael Caines as executive chef at Gidleigh Park. The chef retained it’s two Michelin stars and in January 2017 it received five rosettes in the AA Restaurant Guide 2018.

In 2018 Michael took on his first solo venture with The Angel at Hetton, which recieved four rosettes in the AA Restaurant Guide 2020 and one star in the Michelin Guide UK 2020.

Michael Wignall’s television appearances

In 2008 he competed in BBC2’s Great British Menu, the third series, representing the North.

Michael Wignall’s hobbies and interests outside of the kitchen

Despite the career spent in the kitchen, Wignall has never lost his craze for extreme sports, and in his spare time he continues to go wakeboarding, snowboarding and BMXing.

Videos by Michael Wignall:

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Editor 8th October 2019

1 Michelin Star Chefs: Michael Wignall, The Angel at Hetton