Roger Jones, The Harrow

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Roger Jones discusses his role as owner of The Harrow at Little Bedwyn and his own inspirations with regards to pursuing a career as a Chef in the industry.

Name: Roger Jones

Place of work: The Harrow at Little Bedwyn 

Role: Owner/Chef 

Bio: With nearly 40 years in the hospitality business, Roger Jones is a Michelin starred Chef, DWWA Judge, Founder of Mamba Awards and Dine Australia, Wine Consultant, a caterer, consultant Chef, circle of wine writers, and the owner of The Harrow at Little Bedwyn.

Follow Roger on Twitter: @littlebedwyn

Chef Skills

Roger 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.

How long have you been in this role?

16 years.

What experience and how many years would someone need in order to progress to the top level of the industry?

It is a life long experience you are always learning as long as you put in 100 hour weeks to start with, you will succeed. 

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

  • Determination
  • Stamina
  • Ability to listen and learn

Who are the key Chefs and restaurants that someone should be speaking to and trying to gain experience with?

 Start from the bottom as a kitchen porter so you are aware of everything.

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

 They'd need to stand out, they need to know everything about my restaurant, they need to have eaten in my restaurant otherwise how do you know if you want to work with my food?

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Editor 4th May 2017

Roger Jones, The Harrow