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Robert Bates - Executive Head Chef
Robert Bates was appointed Executive Head Chef at The Belfry in December 2013, having previously worked in several Michelin starred restaurants and hotels around the UK and Europe. His first notable position came in 2004 when he started working at Michelin starred Chateau De Montreuil in France. Robert has also worked around Europe, in particular at Restaurant Joel Robuchon situated in Monte-Carlo where he worked as sous chef de cuisine at this highly acclaimed two Michelin starred eatery. Most recently Robert spent five years at Chez Roux Limited in a very privileged position as a consultant chef to Albert Roux. Robert is very experienced in the Hotel industry having worked at renowned locations such as Slaley Hall and Savill Court and the Hotel Metropole making him perfect for the role he now leads at The Belfry. In December 2018, Robert was recognised by the Caterer’s Hotel Cateys Awards which celebrates the most successful hotels, hoteliers and hotel employees across the UK.
Dean Cole - Senior Head Chef
With experience of working alongside some of the industries most acclaimed chefs in some of the finest national and international restaurants, Dean has built an impressive repertoire that merits his first class reputation as a Patisserie Chef. Dean has worked in a number of Michelin star restaurants including the Connaught Hotel in Mayfair, London and Sharrow Bay Country Hotel, Cumbria. In 1993, Dean moved to Canada to become Pastry Chef at both the Relais Chateau Group Langdon Hall and Splendido Bar & Grill. Before returning to the UK, Dean was a key member of the opening team of The Rosewater Supper Club, Toronto. During these years Dean was awarded winning status in many competitions including the Taste of Britain and Acad-Culinaire de France Award and was a Member of Team Canada World Banquet Team for several years.