Chef Director – Parker’s Tavern, Cambridge
Tristan has an infectious, energetic passion about good food and always has fun when cooking. He believes the enjoyment of a meal starts with the making of it and that fine food, not fine dining is the way forward.
Tristan Welch started his culinary career in London as a young chef under Gary Rhodes and went on to join Le Gavroche, working under the guidance of Michel Roux Jr. During his time there, he won the Award of Excellence from the Academy of Culinary Arts, which recognises exceptional talent and ambition in young chefs. He remained there for three years refining his repertoire of classical French cooking, before moving to Paris to continue his culinary training at the avant-garde, triple Michelin starred vegetarian restaurant L’Arpege.
Tristan moved back to the UK to take on his first Head Chef role at the award winning five, star Glenapp Castle in Scotland. During his time there he was awarded various accolades including three AA rosettes, Hotel Chef of the Year and the prestigious Gordon Ramsay Scholarship Award. Following this, Tristan took on the role as head chef at Gordon Ramsay’s prestigious Petrus at The Berkeley, which was awarded two Michelin stars in 2007 and Best Restaurant Award in the Harden’s Guide 2008.
In March 2008, Tristan opened his first restaurant, Launceston Place, where he created a relaxed modern British menu that was received with rave reviews by critics. The restaurant went onto win Best Restaurant in the London TimeOut guide, Most Fashionable London Restaurant, Best In Taste award, plus awards from Tatler and Wine Spectator.
In 2012, Tristan decided to take a two year sabbatical to devote time to his beloved young family. This was followed by a move to Mustique, a small Caribbean island, where Tristan was Executive Chef at the islands only resort, The Cotton House, a hotspot for royals, VIPs and celebrities.
However, Tristan has finally been persuaded to return home from paradise, thanks to an offer he simply couldn’t refuse. He is back in his hometown of Cambridge as Chef Director of the highly anticipated new restaurant, Parker’s Tavern at UNIVERSITY ARMS, CAMBRIDGE. Parker’s Tavern is set to open early Summer 2018 and will be a beautiful, flamboyant destination restaurant where everything served will have British origins, with ingredients provided by Cambridge and East Anglian producers.
Tristan has made various TV and radio appearances including BBC2’s Great British Menu, BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen, BBC1’s The One Show to Good Food channel’s Market Kitchen, C4’s Drop Down Menu, Radio BBC London and most recently, BBC Saturday Kitchen. He also makes regular appearances on Food Network USA and Food Network UK.