Stephen Terry is the Executive Chef/Owner of The Hardwick in Abergavenny, and has worked with some of the best chefs in the world over a long and successful career.
Stephen was mentored by Marco Pierre White at Harvey’s, and then moved to Le Gavroche to work under Michel Roux Jr; this introduction to classical French cookery became the foundation to Stephen’s own food philosophy. A season at The Braeval Old Mill under Nick Nairn and two years at The Canteen in Chelsea Harbour followed, and Stephen was awarded his first Michelin star at the latter at the age of 25. He then worked in the South of France, in Paris with Alain Passard, and then came back to London as Head Chef at Oliver Peyton’s Coast in Mayfair. Many chefs worked under Stephen at this time, including Jason Atherton, Hywell Jones, Mark Sargent and Dan Lepard.
In 2001 Stephen opened The Walnut Tree Inn, which was awarded a Michelin star the following year. Before opening The Hardwick, Stephen took the role of Head Chef at Cecconi’s in Mayfair and The Pear Tree Inn in Wiltshire, which was then awarded Best Pub in England by the AA Guide in 2005.
Stephen appeared on BBC2’s Great British Menu in 2008, representing Wales and winning the fish course. He appeared again in 2009 and 2012, and was a mentor in 2010. Stephen has appeared on BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen in 2011, 2013 & 2014, and his latest appearance was on Halloween 2015. He has also appeared alongside James Martin on BBC1’s Operation Hospital in 2013.
Stephen’s book Inspired…by was published in October 2015.
See Stephen in action here