Great British Menu 2020 chefs: Sally Abé, Central heat

Shelly Cameron

Shelly Cameron

Social Media Manager

Ahead of Great British Menu heading to our screens this month, The Staff Canteen is introducing the competition’s contestants!

First up we have Sally Abé, head chef at the Michelin-starred Harwood Arms in London.

Originally from Mansfield, Sally moved to London aged 20 to be where "the exciting things in food were happening".

Sally and the team at the Harwood Arms pride themselves on using the best of British produce with a focus on game and wild food.

As well as having the honour of being the only Michelin-starred pub in London, the Harwood Arms was also crowned London’s best gastropub at the Top 50 Gastropubs 2017 awards. The Harwood’s origins as a pub date as far back as 1840.


Educated at Sheffield Hallam, Sally completed her Higher National Diploma, Hospitality Business Management with Culinary Arts in 2007 and her placement was at the Savoy when it was run by Gordon Ramsay. When it closed for a refurb in 2007 she moved over to Claridges with Gordon.

Following her spell at Claridge's, Sally spent over 5 years as sous chef at The Ledbury at Notting Hill working under Brett Graham who is now a director at The Harwood Arms.

When Phil Howard was opening Elystan Street she contacted Brett (Graham) and said she’d be interested in working there as she had a lot of respect for Phil. She started as sous chef there from when it opened until February 2017 and then the job at The Harwood Arms came along and Brett stole her back!

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Shelly Cameron

Shelly Cameron

Social Media Manager 5th March 2020

Great British Menu 2020 chefs: Sally Abé, Central heat