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Chantelle Nicholson
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Nicholson in 2016
Born (1980-08-18) 18 August 1980 (age 39)
Hamilton, New Zealand
EducationLLB/BCom from University of Otago, Dunedin, NZ

Chantelle Nicholson is a New Zealand born chef, who has resided in London since 2003.

Chantelle Nicholson is the multi award winning chef patron at Tredwells and Group Operations Director for Marcus Wareing Restaurants. As one of the UK’s leading female names in the hospitality industry..[1], Chantelle’s impressive ascent on the culinary career ladder and achievements to date set her apart as a remarkable talent in an industry she did not initially train in [2], and a source of inspiration to women across the UK [3]. In October 2015 her dedication and hard work to Tredwells was celebrated on a national level as it saw Tredwells win the coveted award of ‘Best new restaurant – London’ at the 2015/16 AA Hospitality Awards. In July 2016 Chantelle’s skills were once again recognised as she won ‘Manager of the Year’ award at the 2016 Catey’s. In October 2016 Chantelle won the prestigious ‘Woman of the Year’ at the inaugural Shine Awards, an award that celebrates the female game changers in today’s hospitality world.

Originally from New Zealand, Chantelle trained as a lawyer [4], before discovering her passion for food. In 2004 she entered the Gordon Ramsay Scholarship competition and got through to the final, where she met Josh Emett, who was then head chef of The Savoy Grill in London. Impressed by her skills in the competition Josh offered Chantelle a job to work with him at The Savoy Grill which she accepted without hesitation. Chantelle quickly packed up her life in New Zealand moved to England and it was at The Savoy Grill where she first met Marcus Wareing who was Chef Patron. Just as she had with Josh Emett, Chantelle was quick to impress Wareing and having gained experience in all areas of the kitchen in 2006 Marcus asked Chantelle to join him at Pétrus as sous chef. Chantelle advanced quickly to senior sous chef, before spending the next few years taking on pivotal roles in several more of Marcus’s esteemed restaurant kitchens. When Marcus launched Marcus Wareing Restaurants in 2008 Chantelle worked by his side, proving herself invaluable to Wareing’s new business. In 2009 Chantelle’s talent and contribution to the hospitality industry was recognised and celebrated by winning a coveted Acorn Award [5].

In 2011, Chantelle transferred her multi-disciplinary talents to the operational side of Marcus Wareing Restaurants, helping it launch its second London restaurant The Gilbert Scott, in St Pancras. Chantelle has held the principal role of Operations Director of the restaurant group since 2014 and in September of 2014 Chantelle drove forward the opening of Tredwells in Covent Garden. In October 2015 Tredwells won the coveted award of ‘Best new restaurant – London’ at the 2015/16 The Automobile Association Hospitality Awards [6]. In June 2016, Nicholson took on the role of chef patron of Tredwells [7], alongside her role as Group Operations Director for Marcus Wareing Restaurants. In July 2016 Chantelle won the prestigious ‘Manager of the Year’ award at the 2016 Catey’s [8]. 2016 also saw Chantelle win 'Woman of the Year' at The Caterer Shine Awards [9].

Alongside her work within the restaurants Chantelle added a few other skills to her belt. Co-authoring Marcus’s cook books, ‘The Gilbert Scott book of British food’, ‘Nutmeg and Custard’, ‘Marcus at Home’ and his newest book, 'New Classics'; in addition to dish development and consulting on The Weinstein Company’s production ‘Burnt’ starring Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller and Uma Thurman, working closely with lead actors Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller to ensure the film’s authenticity and dishes featured in the film [10].

Speaking of Chantelle, Marcus Wareing says, “Chantelle came to me as a young dynamic individual who wanted to make her mark on this amazing industry we work in. Her ambitions have always been quiet but she is incredibly driven. Chantelle is the consummate professional, and she is a very very talented Chef. An incredible eye for detail, Chantelle’s contribution to Marcus Wareing Restaurants goes far beyond the kitchen, she is an astute business woman and one who is ever evolving, always pushing herself to the next level.”

Industry Work

Chantelle was guest speaker at The Caterer magazine's Acorn Awards in 2016. She was also a judge in the 2017 finals for The Springboard Charity's FutureChef competition, in London.

In both 2016 and 2017, Chantelle was a guest chef at Nothcote Manor's Obsession Culinary Festival, cooking alongside Lisa Allen. Chantelle also joined celebrated chef Dan Barber as a guest chef for a day for his WastED popup at Selfridges [11].

2017 sees Nicholson demonstrating at Ludlow Food Festival, Nottingham Food Festival and the BBC Good Food's Feast.

Charity Work

Nicholson, through the restaurants, and in her own time has supported many charitable causes throughout her career. She is also Food Director for Life Kitchen, an initiative founded in 2017 aiming to support cancer patients with their changing palates, teaching cookery classes around flavour and comfort [12]. Other charitable causes include cooking for fundraising dinners, including Children of the Mountain [13], Action Against Hunger, The Felix Project [14], Street Smart and The Calthorpe Project.

Media Work

Chantelle is a chef ambassador for Vitality Health [15].

Nicholson has appeared on Celebrity Masterchef [16], Chef vs Science [17] and Kitchen Garden Live with The Hairy Bikers [18]

Chantelle is represented by Crown Talent Management[19]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. http://www.abouttimemagazine.co.uk/food/about-time-50-top-women-in-food-industry-2016/
  2. http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/london-life/it-s-noisy-direct-and-hierarchical-but-i-m-succeeding-in-a-man-s-world-8687523.html
  3. http://www.greatbritishchefs.com/chefs/chantelle-nicholson
  4. http://www.marieclaire.co.uk/life/work/from-lawyer-to-chef-chantelle-nicholson-on-how-she-changed-careers-109301
  5. https://www.thecaterer.com/articles/336895/chantelle-nicholson-steps-into-the-spotlight
  6. https://www.theaa.com/restaurants/london-postal-districts/tredwells-london-wc2-wc2h-9ny
  7. https://www.thecaterer.com/articles/367299/chantelle-nicholson-promoted-to-chef-patron-at-tredwells
  8. https://www.thecaterer.com/articles/367621/cateys-2016-manager-of-the-year
  9. https://www.thecaterer.com/articles/368701/prue-leith-chantelle-nicholson-and-zuleika-fennell-honoured-at-the-2016-shine-awards
  10. https://www.codehospitality.co.uk/code-special/burnt-the-chef-s-cut/
  11. http://www.wastedlondon.com/london
  12. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/mums-death-prompts-son-start-9998372
  13. http://www.hospa.org/en/weblog/2016/04/05/children-mountain-night-nepal/#.WXD8F9TyvIU
  14. https://www.sustainweb.org/blogs/jun17_london_food_month/
  15. http://magazine.vitality.co.uk/meet-the-great-british-chefs-chantelle-nicholson/
  16. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3083546/
  17. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0752bbd/clips
  18. http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08xhjzy/kitchen-garden-live-with-the-hairy-bikers-series-1-episode-5
  19. http://crowntalentgroup.com/clients/chantelle-nicholson/

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