Meet the Team

Ben Davies

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Chef Director

Ben has always had a passion for cooking from an early age.  Ben studied catering at Leiths school of Food and Wine in London before getting behind the stoves at some of West Londons best restaurants. Ben took time out from behind the stoves to move to France where he worked and broadened his knowledge of fine wine and great food.  After years of hard work in London and France, Ben decided to come back home to Devon where he became Head Chef at the Oyster Shack in Bigbury and at the Salcombe Harbour Hotel.

Andy Richardson

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Chef Director 

Andy started his career in Sheffield at ths age 15 whilst at college, He worked hard to build his skill by working in several Michelin Star kitchens in both Yorkshire and Barcelona gaining experience at large sporting events across the UK and running the kitchens at Leeds United Football Club. At 18 he headed to the bright lights of London to start his career in 5 star hotels with the Starwood Hotel Group which took him to work all over Europe.  Whilst on his culinary adventures he met his wife, Katie and they decided to settle in Devon.  It is  here where he adopted new principles whist working for Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall at River Cottage for 4 years before taking over as Head Chef at the Oyster Shack at Bigbury. 

Katie Richardson

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Pastry Chef

Katie began her career at Plymouth’s City College and won several competitions during her 2 year training. At 18, she moved to London to work at the 5 Star Sheraton Park Lane Hotel. With home calling her, she returned to Plymouth and worked with the Tanner brothers at both the Barbican Kitchen and the flag ship restaurant Tanners. 

Seeking a new challenge she relocated abroad and worked at 5 star venues such as the Fota Island Resort in County Cork,Eire and the Costa Navarino Resort in Greece. On her return to Devon she took on the role of Head Chef at Boringdon  Hall Hotel & Gaia Spa for 5 years before becoming Mum to Jacob and Scarlett.