Joining Gidleigh Park in September 2019, Chris Eden arrived from Driftwood in Cornwall after 12 illustrious years as Head Chef. Chris was awarded a Michelin star in 2012, becoming the first Cornish born chef to hold a star in their home county. Retaining the star ever since, Chris was additionally awarded a fourth AA rosette in 2018, becoming just one of four chefs in Cornwall to hold this accolade.
Bringing his produce-led ethos to the kitchens of Gidleigh Park, Chris' style is beautifully laced with touches of adventure and invention, creating refined plates where flavour is king.
Chris' passion for great produce is infectious, always handled with exceptional skill and care. The seasonal bounty from the hotel's kitchen garden informs Chris' menus and his dishes are regularly changing to reflect the seasonality and availability of ingredients. The Garden Salad, for example, changes daily depending on the fresh vegetables picked that day and plump summer gooseberries are made into chutney to accompany the cheese course, also served with honeycomb from the Gidleigh Park estate.
Undeniably refined with an exacting technique, Chris is also renowned for his honest, unfussy approach to cooking. His menus are contemporary with a nod to tradition, supporting local Devonshire farmers and producers to ensure that only the finest quality ingredients make it on to the plate.
Born and bred in Cornwall, and having spent most of his career in the south west, Chris has also spent time in London, cooking under Paul Gayler at The Lanesborough, under Chris Galvin at The Orrery and for Phil Howard at The Square, before he returned to Cornwall in 2007 to take up his position at Driftwood.