Simon Hulstone (44) followed his award winning Chef father into the catering industry at the age of 15 and has never looked back. In a career now reaching 25 years, Simon has become one of the UK’s, if not worlds, most recognised chefs.
Competitions in his early culinary years were a major focus and Simon has gone onto compete and win almost every competition available to the craft including gold medals and world titles in France (world skills champion), South Africa (culinary world champion), Canada (culinary team champion) and over 50 individual titles but not forgetting National Chef of the Year 2008 and the Roux Scholarship in 2003 both life changing awards.
In 2008 Simon was selected to compete in the Bocused’Or in Lyon France for the UK. The Bocuse d’Or is the world’s most recognised culinary competition and Simon competed for the next 4 years as British representative placing the highest any UK competitor has ever come.
In 2006 Simons restaurant The Elephant in Torquay was awarded a Michelin star and has retained this to this date as well as being in every major food guide and publication. Simon works closely with all his suppliers only buying the best of what is in season and working with the restaurant’s 96 acre farm to devise menus all year round.
Simon has worked with the country’s leading companies both on freelance consultant and ambassadorial roles and is currently working alongside such esteemed companies as British Airways, Electrolux, Santa Maria Food Service, Nestle Professional, AEG, Steelite, John Lewis, Jumeirah hotels, Ballymore and Kikkoman. Simon also does numerous private dinners in clients’ homes to their specifications all around the world.
Simon has become a regular on Saturday Kitchen on BBC1 and has competed on the Great British Menu. Simon also commits to regular youtube cookery videos for the The Staff Canteen channel.
One of Simon’s greatest honours was being selected by British Airways in 2012 to devise menus for all airline classes alongside mentor Heston Blumenthal. For the London Olympics, Simon became a BA Great Briton and not only was his menu consumed by over 800,000 guests of BA, Simon also cooked at the Royal opening ceremony at the Royal Albert hall in London for the Olympians and Royal family.
Simon is married to Katy and has three young daughters Tansy , Cicely and Betony.