The Cavendish Hotel, at Baslow on the Chatsworth Estate has appointed Adam Harper as head chef.A graduate of Derby University, Adam’s apprenticeship course resulted in a position as comis chef at the Michelin starred Fischer’s in Baslow. Then after writing to a number of world renowned chefs, he received a call from Heston Blumenthal and gained a trainee position with the Fat Duck Group.
A job at The French in Manchester followed under the acclaimed Simon Rogan, however, he was attracted back to Fischer’s, where he earned promotion rising to number two to Rupert Rowley. At Fischer’s he gained the opportunity to take the reins at Rowley’s, a more informal sister restaurant to Fischer’s, where he has been head chef for the past three years.
Philip Joseph, general manager of The Cavendish Hotel, said: “We’re delighted Adam has agreed to join our team. I know his cooking well plus he has the know-how of managing a busy kitchen at full pace. This will take The Cavendish to new heights.”
Harper added: “This is exactly the opportunity I have been working up to. My experience of classical cooking with modern techniques and Michelin star innovation together with the more relaxed, informal Rowley’s is a perfect fit. With The Cavendish’s two restaurants, the Chef’s table and private dining the potential is huge. Plus, the added bonus of access to the fantastic produce from the Chatsworth Estate.
“I shall bring my own style of cooking but it’ll be a gentle introduction; maybe two or three new dishes a week. I love the chef diner interaction and, as we’re in the game season as well as the great autumn harvest, cooking for the chef’s table will really showcase this brilliant time of year. I’ve a hugely talented kitchen team all fired up to work with me on this next stage of the hotel’s culinary journey and it’s going to be amazing.”