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Jesse Dunford Wood

Jesse cooks food firmly based in Britain, although his experiences in cooking very international and contemporary food in Chicago with Charlie Trotter, and in Sydney with Mark Best have also been strong influences.

Nostalgia, seasonality and honesty are key components to Jesse's food, along with a creative edge brought from artist parents and an art school training.

Time also spent with chefs Rowley Leigh, Mark Hix and Michael Caines gave him a key grounding in opening the National Dining Rooms at the National Gallery in 2006. Together with restaurateur Oliver Peyton, now a TV authority on a 'Great British Menu', they won the Best British restaurant from Time Out for the original and interesting food.

Away from the restaurants, TV appearances include the BBC's 'Masterchef', 'Market Kitchen' and 'The Truth About Food', and a contributor to various cookbooks, including the new FORAGER handbook by Miles Irving.

'Best British Restaurant', - The National Dining Rooms winning chef, Time Out Awards 2007
'His passion, imagination, wit, principles and work ethic are still talked about today. Jesse -man of action!' - Charlie Trotter's, Chicago, USA
'If he were a horse, I'd bet on him'- Michael Caines, Gidleigh Park.
'Takes British food to an advanced level of finesse'- Time Out Eating and Drinking 2008
'This young man is destined to go places, and I remain his biggest supporter'- Mark Best, Marque Restaurant, Sydney, Australia, 19/20 SMH
'This kitchen rocks! Somebody behind the stoves has soul!'- Greg Wallace, Olive Magazine
'My starter was a beautiful marriage of creamy artichoke mousse, perfect scallops and smoked bacon'- Heidi Ruge, Waitrose Food Illustrated 5/5
'He brought with him his passion for indigenous recipes and noble produce - eminently fitting in the circumstances' - Fay Maschler, The Evening Standard
'British salads, now available in colour', 'As English as the crack of leather on willow, and absolutely divine', 'It's the menu that really blew us away'- Guy Dimond, Time Out 5/6
'The menu is a thing of beauty, a rapturous canter around Britain, we loved it'- Marina O'Loughlin, Metro 4/5