Chris Harrod, winner of last years’ Great British Menu is chef owner of The Whitebrook, a Michelin star restaurant with eight rooms, set in the blissfully peaceful Wye Valley. In 2013, Worcestershire-born Chris and his wife Kirsty followed their ultimate dream of owning their own restaurant, and within 11 months The Whitebrook was awarded a Michelin star. Every dish served from breakfast through to dinner boasts locally sourced ingredients, many of which are foraged within a short distance from the restaurant. The Whitebrook is listed in 2018 The Good Food Guide Top 50 UK Restaurants, has 4 Rosettes in the 2017 AA Guide and was listed in the Sunday Times Top 2017 10 Foodie Hotels.
Prior to The Whitebrook, Chris opened Colette’s as head chef at The Grove Hertfordshire, he spent almost four years working for Raymond Blanc at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, and began his steady rise in the kitchen as sous chef to Alan Murchison at L’Ortolan in Shinfield, Berkshire, for 18 months. It was Raymond Blanc and his time at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons that influenced Chris profoundly: ‘What I thought about food changed completely when I got there. Everything is about quality and the freshness of the produce. As a chef it’s all about questioning and tasting, and that’s really stayed with me’.
In 2018 Chris represented Wales in the hit BBC series Great British Menu and went on to win and serve the special NHS guests his special ‘Tea & Cake’ dessert at the winners’ banquet in London.