Nathan Outlaw protégé Chris Simpson is comfortably following in the steps of an esteemed clutch of chefs, says Amanda Afiya
From the moment Paul and Kay Henderson took over Gidleigh Park in 1978, after it had been converted into a hotel in the mid-1950s, the guidebooks have taken note. Kay was awarded a Michelin star for her cooking in 1981, and the Tudor-inspired, 1920s country house hotel hasn't looked back since.
Gastronomic greatness continued to radiate from its grand dining room, thanks to successive chefs John Webber, Shaun Hill and Michael Caines, who presided over the then two-Michelin-starred kitchen for more than 20 years. More recently, Michael Wignall, who enjoyed a relatively brief but successful dalliance at the Devon property, also achieved two Michelin stars and five AA rosettes.
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