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Welsh Wonder, Nick Jones, has been Head Chef at The Spa Hotel for two years and has made a huge impact. We recently asked him a few questions so our customers can get to know more about the lovely guy behind our delicious food!
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your experience in the industry… I became a Chef because I love the buzz of the Kitchen and I have a passion for food and creativity.
I starting cooking at 15 years old doing weekend work in various pubs and restaurants. I then went to catering school in Wales (Neath College) for 3 years then, after qualifying, I got a job as a Commis Chef in a country hotel called Fairyhill Hotel & Restaurant where we held 3 Rosettes & won AA hotel of the year. The food we made, we grew or sourced locally within 3 miles of the hotel and everything was made in a classic british/french style. After working my way through the ranks I become Sous Chef I held that position for two years before deciding to challenge myself in a different way. I went to Australia for a year working in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Cairns, I wanted to learn as much as I could to be a better chef. After returning to Wales I worked in the Celtic Manor before I was offered my first Head Chef role at the first Nicklaus golf club called Machynys in South Wales. After working there for 7 years I moved up to the North of England for family reasons.
Any stand out moments of your career thus far? Winning my first rosette at my first Head Chef role.
Why do you like working at The Spa? (what brought you here?) Every day is different and it keeps me on my toes. I came to The Spa because saw an opportunity to get my passion back on track and that’s exactly what I’ve done.
What type of food do you most like to cook? My cooking is classic but with a funky style.
What can people expect when they come to eat at The Spa? Relaxed and quality dining for all.
Do you have any funny or memorable moments whilst cooking? Been a few! Doing breakfast when Bryn Terfel (Welsh Opera singer) he was warming up for a show...did not need radio that day!
One day I was picking my herb garnish for one of my starters when an older gentleman with a American accent came over to me. I had no idea who he was at the time and we just talked about what I was doing and he asked me about my life. Me being me I had no idea who it was but it was only Paul Newman the movie star! He was staying in the hotel I worked in at the time for his daughter’s wedding that we were catering for. I spoke to him a few times during his stay and he was a really lovely guy to chat to.
When I cooked for Tony Blair I hadn’t noticed he was standing behind me to thank me for dinner when I was giving one of my apprentice chefs a bit of a telling off.... he thanked me then wished the apprentice chef good luck! I’m a pussy cat really.
What do you love most about your job? I love that my job allows me to be creative.
What restaurant in the world would you most like to eat at? Heston Blumenthal’s ‘The Fat Duck’.
What's your foodie guilty pleasure? You can’t beat a good cheese burger!