A professional chef for over twenty years, Daniel is Chef Patron of two Michelin-starred restaurant, Midsummer House in Cambridge. He is widely regarded as one of the most inventive and gifted chefs of his generation. Renowned for his modern British cooking underpinned by an unmistakably French style, Daniel reinvents British classics using the finest local produce. He has held two Michelin stars since 2005.
On 5 October 2015 Daniel Clifford was awarded the prestigious award of Chefs’ Chef of the Year at the 2015/16 AA awards held at the Grosvenor House Hotel. Daniel Clifford was praised for turning Midsummer House into one of the country's finest restaurants, while being an "inspiration to so many chefs at all levels." He is at Midsummer House five days a week.
Many of you will recognise Daniel from his television work on the BBC’s annual Great British Menu competition pitting the country’s top chefs against each other to serve their dishes at the most prestigious of banquets. Daniel has won twice and subsequently become a judge. He won the 2012 series with his main course “Slow poached chicken, sweetcorn egg, spinach with bacon and peas” and 2013 with his dessert “Going Out With a Bang.” Incidentally, Daniel’s Head Chef from Northern Ireland, Mark Abbott, won 2016’s starter based on the humble potato with “Ordinary To Extraordinary."
I would certainly say Pub in the Park is up there with one of best things I have ever done, the atmosphere and buzz over those 3 days was just electric and I felt so lucky to be a part of it all. All in all, we served around 4000 dishes over the 3 days, the most popular being the Mackerel Taco which sold out on each session, I couldn’t have asked for a better crowd though as they were all willing to try the other dishes we had to offer. One of my favourite moments had to be that I got to celebrate my birthday which was on the Sunday In such an incredible way, meeting a huge amount of kind and wonderful people as well as watching The Milk who are one of my favourite bands.
Wow - what an incredible, amazing weekend! The vibe was fantastic; the food was stunning, the music outstanding, but above all else, the people of Marlow made the whole event feel very special. It showed off our lovely town to all our visitors and the chefs from all over the country and did us proud.