Simon is an internationally award winning chef with a talent for using local, seasonal produce to create memorable flavours. Since the age of 16, he’s been competing (and winning) competitions around the world. Simon has represented his country on more than 20 occasions, twice in the world’s most prestigious culinary contest, the Bocuse d’Or.
Simon recently competed in the Great British Menu alongside Jude Kereama and Josh Eggleton.
Among some of his other accolades are the Craft Guild of Chefs’ National Chef of the Year 2008, the Roux Scholarship in 2003, Captaincy of the English and British Culinary teams and New Zealand Young Chef of the Year.
Simon has worked with some of Britain’s most respected chefs including his father Roger, who have all played an important part in his career and achievements. His chef mentors and experience in top competitions have given Simon a passion for great ingredients and a finesse for taste and presentation which continues to win praise from critics and customers alike.
The Elephant restaurant has held three AA rosettes since 2005 and in 2006, Simon and his team won Torquay its first Michelin star, which it maintains today.