Stephen Terry is Chef Patron of The Hardwick in Abergavenny, and has worked with some of the best chefs in the world over a long and successful career.
Stephen was mentored by Marco Pierre White at Harvey’s, and then moved to La Gavroche to work under Michel Roux Jr; this introduction to classical French cookery became the foundation to Stephen’s own food philosophy. He was appointed as Head Chef at The Canteen in Chelsea Harbour where Stephen was awarded his first Michelin star at the age of 25. He then worked in the South of France, in Paris with Alain Passard, and then came back to London to open Oliver Peyton’s Coast as Head Chef in Mayfair. Many chefs worked under Stephen at this time, including Jason Atherton, Hywell Jones, Mark Sargent and Dan Lepard.
In 2001 Stephen opened The Walnut Tree Inn, which was awarded a Michelin star the following year. Before opening The Hardwick, Stephen took a consultancy role at Cecconi’s in Mayfair.
Stephen appeared on BBC 2’s Great British Menu in 2008, representing Wales and cooking the fish course at the final banquet for the World’s top chefs. He appeared again in 2009 and 2012, and was a mentor in 2010. Stephen has appeared regularly on Saturday Kitchen since 2011.
Stephen also had the great honour of cooking for President Obama and the heads of state at the Nato Summit in Cardiff Castle in 2014, which gave him the opportunity to showcase the finest local produce.
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.