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Ashburton Cookery School
After training at Exeter College, Darrin began his career at Gidleigh Park followed by working for several years in fine dining restaurants around the UK. His love of teaching brought him back to Exeter College, and he joined the Ashburton Cookery School in 2004 with the vision to create a cookery school with a strong ethos supporting South West producers and artisan suppliers. Five years ago he was instrumental in the development of the Ashburton Food Festival and in 2012 was responsible for launching the Ashburton Chefs Academy which has now become a professional accredited training centre teaching culinary diploma's in cuisine and patisserie to an advanced level.
Dez's career started at Ritz Hotel working alongside Michael Quinn MBE & Andreas Antona before moving back to Birmingham to take up a position at the highly acclaimed Terrace Restaurant Metropole NEC.
He then moved down to Cornwall to work alongside Alan Vickops from The Ritz as sous chef at the Michelin recommended Alverton Manor, before becoming Head Chef at the 2 rosette Greenbank Hotel Falmouth.
After 3 years he was then approached by Brend Hotels to take over as Head Chef at 2 rosette Royal Duchy Hotel followed by appointment of Group Development Chef.
Dez is now based in North Devon at Saunton Sands Hotel, and is actively involved in the PR and Marketing side of promoting the brand name Brend Hotels and nurturing the young chefs within the group through their own apprenticeship programme.