Gary Jones, Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons

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Gary Jones discusses his role as Executive Head Chef at Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons and his own inspirations with regards to pursuing a career as a Chef.

Name: Gary Jones

Place of work: Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons

Role: Executive Head Chef

Follow Gary on Twitter here: @ChefGaryJones

Bio: Noted for his exceptional leadership and organisation skills, Gary has also overseen the training and inspiration of a 45-strong kitchen of talented young Chefs: this led to him being recognised by Raymond Blanc, the critics, and his peers as a truly gifted technician. Jones’s passion for and knowledge of seasonal, sustainable produce is reflected in Le Manoir’s menus; he works closely with the garden team, and values being able to harvest fresh produce ‘at the kitchen door'.  

Chef Skills

Gary Jones takes us through his personal experiences whilst being in the Culinary Industry. These key skills that young Chefs and industry professionals learn as part of their basic training.

What are your ultimate top five tips for someone looking to start a career in the hospitality sector? 

1. Invest your youth, with the best people; teachers, trainers, you can find and grow your skills

2. Be positive, flexible, inquisitive

3. Work hard at it, push yourself – you will only get out what you put in

4. Utilise your days off, strengthen yourself in terms of physical fitness or other experience that will evolve your skills, knowledge and understanding

5. Enjoy it, it’s a fantastic industry evolving all the time

What are you looking out for on a CV or in an interview if someone was applying for a position with you?

1. Loyalty to a kitchen or Chef for a few years, not 3 months here 6 months there

2. Sticking at it when the going gets tough, this shows tenacity and commitment

3. A sporting activity or hobby that enables you to balance work and play

Do you regularly take on young Chefs? How many years’ experience would they need when applying?

Some come fresh from college, others a few years experience.  We always invest in youngsters and develop them to become strong CDP's and Sous Chefs.

Have you noticed any changes in applicants or changes in a number of new Chefs applying for roles with you?

We are blessed to be established and recognised as a fantastic place to learn the skills, 30 or so Chefs have gone on to earn their own stars and accolades. We always have applicants and we select the very best.

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Gary Jones, Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons