Peter Gorton is an award-winning chef who made his name developing some of the best-known restaurants in the West Country. He has owned and run famous establishments such as West Devon’s Horn of Plenty and Dartmouth’s Carved Angel and now works as a catering industry consultant both in the UK and abroad.
What prompted you to become a chef?
I was working as a KP at 16 years old in a restaurant in Wales called The Drangway and the owner Head Chef asked me to help in the kitchen after a week and the rest is history!!
What has been your greatest achievement/proudest moment in your career?
Achieving a Michelin Star along side other awards and accolades, owning my own restaurant/hotel businesses and helping the next generation of top chefs.
What makes Devon such a great place to work as a chef?
I believe that the produce of Devon is second to none. We are very lucky to have such a fantastic larder down here.
Where would you go to dine out on a night off?
This is a difficult question to answer as there are many wonderful places to eat in Devon but I would normally go to a chef proprietor led business as I always try to support independent businesses where I can.
What is your favourite Devon ingredient/product to use in your dishes? And why?
My favourite Devon ingredients would be crab, vegetables and, of course, the wonderful cheeses.
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