Tom Williams-Hawkes - The Salutation Inn - Exeter Festival of Food & Drink

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Tom Williams-Hawkes - The Salutation Inn

Tom started his cooking journey during a school work experience at Gidleigh Park, Chagford under the guidance of Michael Caines. Michael, himself started his professional career at The Imperial Hotel in Exeter run by Tom’s forefathers. His great grandfather ran Deller’s of Exeter for 17 years between the First and Second World War. It was an amazing cafe renowned for its quality and architecturally a leading Art Nouveau building. Tom attended Exeter College as a chef trainee for three years graduating as Top Student, then on to Gordon Ramsey at Hospital Road, Chelsea then to Petrus under Marcus Waring before returning to Devon and working his way up to Sous Chef at Gidleigh for Michael. A spell in France followed for the Rothschilds during Gidleigh refurbishment and then onto the Abode in Exeter as Executive Chef for three years before opening the Salutation with the family. Now Tom, with the help of his wife Amelia, runs The Salutation Inn; a fabulous restaurant with rooms, café

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