1 Michelin Star Chefs: Steve Drake, chef patron, Sorrel

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Steve Drake is chef patron of Michelin-starred Sorrel in Dorking.

Steve Drake has worked at some of the most critically-acclaimed restaurants in Europe including Chez Nico at Ninety Park Lane; the Oak Room with Marco Pierre White; Pied a Terre; Aubergine, as well as well undertaking short stints at L’Arpège in Paris and L’Auberge de l’Eridan, Annecy.


SORREL Restaurant

77 South St, Dorking RH4 2JU

Telephone: 01306 889414

Website: www.sorrelrestaurant.co.uk/ 

Email: [email protected]

Chef Patron: Steve Drake

Restaurant Manager: Winnie Eckardt

Head of Wine: Michael Fiducia

Twitter: @stevedrakefood

Instagram: sorrel_restaurant_dorking

Facebook: Sorrel Restaurant Dorking


Steve Drake started his culinary career making bacon sandwiches and his first job after college in a professional kitchen was at The Ritz.

He was awarded the Roux Scholarship in 2001, which is widely considered the most prestigious and technically challenging competition in the UK. Steve continues to support his fellow Roux scholars and helps promote their aim of inspiring and enabling a new generation of British chefs.

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Steve in the kitchen

Food Style

As a firm believer in the open kitchen philosophy, Steve Drake and his team are happy to chat with guests at Sorrel about the inspiration behind the food, as well as watching it being prepared up close.

As with a growing number of restaurants, Sorrel is only open four days a week to provide the team with an effective work-life balance. Sorrel prides itself on using the very best of British produce.

Sorrel’s menus are inspired by simplicity, discovery and the ingredients themselves, Steve and his team constantly evolve the menu to follow and reflect the seasons.

What the guides say

Michelin Guide

 Restaurant James Sommerin, Michelin star restaurants, Michelin Guide 2018

AA Restaurant Guide

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Diners can choose from either a three-course lunch or dinner menu or opt from a tasting menu which consists of either five or nine courses.

Example dishes include Pumpkin with parmesan, spiced praline and mandarin, Pollock, smoked bone marrow with carrot, mussel and lovage as well as more intriguing dishes such as Carrot tobacco.

Awards and other projects

As well as being awarded the Roux Scholarship in 2001, Steve has also been consistently featured in the UK’s leading ‘Top 100’ lists including The Sunday Times, Restaurant Magazine and Square Meal.

Sorrel was also named as 'Restaurant of the Year 2018' at the AA Hospitality Awards and was included in The Good Food Guide’s annual Top 50.

Steve has previously been awarded a Michelin Star at Drake restaurant, Ripley also located in Surrey.

Videos with Steve Drake

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Editor 12th November 2018

1 Michelin Star Chefs: Steve Drake, chef patron, Sorrel