Simon has been cooking professionally since his school days and is one of the UK’s most decorated chefs.
By his early teens he already had several World Junior titles to his name and until 2011, he was the only British Chef to win gold in the World Skills in France. In 2003, Simon won the Roux Scholarship and he went on to win the Craft Guild of Chefs National Chef of the Year award in 2008. Simon has twice represented the UK in the Bocuse d’Or, the world’s most challenging and prestigious culinary contest. He was captain of the British team in the Culinary Olympics and was also captain of the English Culinary Team at the Culinary World Cup in 2010 and 2012.
Passionate about the local produce and area, Simon is a self-made ambassador for the English Riviera and its fantastic produce. He especially champions the ingredients grown and reared on the restaurant’s dedicated farm in South Devon.
The Elephant restaurant is a bright, informal seaside restaurant which overlooks the beautiful Torquay harbour. Run by Simon and his wife Katy, it was the first restaurant in Torquay to be awarded a Michelin star which it has maintained for 14 years.
The Elephant is relaxed, friendly and serves the best value Michelin starred lunch in the UK. Sourcing ingredients locally and sustainably, many from the restaurant’s dedicated farm in Brixham. All the dishes change regularly depending on which locally grown and reared ingredients are at their best.