“The Restaurant - Raymond Blanc

Raymond Blanc's Inspirational Journey

Career Path: Waiter > Took over Ill Chef > Opened 1st Restaurant (age 28)

“Le Manoir is the only country house hotel in the UK which has achieved two Michelin Stars for a total of 22 years. "

My Story: I arrived in England in 1972 to work as a waiter at the Rose Revived Restaurant near Witney.  When the chef became ill, I took over and two years later, the restaurant gained entry into the Michelin Guide. At the age of 28, I opened my first restaurant, ‘Les Quat’ Saisons’ in Summertown, Oxford.  After just one year, the restaurant was named Egon Ronay Restaurant of the Year and a host of other accolades including Michelin Stars and Pestle & Mortar awards followed. Since then I have fulfilled a personal vision, creating a hotel and restaurant in harmony - Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons in Great Milton, Oxford. I have established a cookery school, opened a couple of restaurants, written some best sellers as well as many TV appearances including the TV show “The Restaurant”. I have recently won an OBE as well as receiving the Catey life time achievement award.























Celebrity Chef

“The chief advice I would give to anyone who wants to be a chef or hotelier is to try to reconnect with the region where you are living and working; this means sourcing everything, food above all, carefully, ethically and when it’s of good quality, locally."

Countries Worked:

The Fun Stuff:

“I am a consultant chef to Arsenal football clubs Diamond members club"

For a full biography of Raymond Blanc click here

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