Meet Our Kitchen
Antony joined The Wellington just a couple of months after we opened in 2014. He brought a wealth of experience to the company having started working in commercial kitchens at the tender age of 13.
Originally from Surrey, Antony moved to the Norfolk coast when he was 12 and went to school in North Walsham. His interest in becoming a Chef began when he was working a Saturday job as Pot Wash in Mundesley.
Once he had finished school, he held a variety of positions both in kitchens and outside, including managing a successful Fish and Chip Shop on the Isle of Wight for a while.
Antony is a largely self taught Chef. He has worked hard and observed others, Antony does however credit much of his training to a mentor he worked with for a while, he was a classically trained chef who had worked in the House of Lords and for Channel 4 television and passed on a lot of skills to Antony.
Since joining The Wellington, Antony, a family man, has worked to provide good quality, healthy food at a reasonable price in our traditional village pub setting. He has fond memories during his early years of this environment and feels passionate about rural pubs remaining the heart of the local community.
Antony also enjoys the opportunities presented by The Wellington's special events such as Burns Night, Wine Tastings and developing custom menus for weddings and parties that are held at the pub. On these occasions he can show his flair, and creativity. Antony is definitely not one to get stuck in a rut as can be seen in his innovative, seasonally changing menus using local produce.
Antony admires the Chef Gordon Ramsay for his 'no nonsense' approach to food, although he tries hard not to recreate Gordon's temperament in his own kitchen.
We hold Antony in very high esteem for his hard work and leadership. He is proud to have mentored Lee Askew to be his very able assistant, in our busy pub kitchen.
Lee is The Wellington's longest serving member of staff having started two weeks before the pub opened. Lee came to The Wellington as a Part Time Kitchen Porter whilst finishing his GCSE's at Iceni Academy in Methwold.
After starting at college to study IT in 2014 Lee realised that he would rather be in the kitchen cooking up a storm than sat in front of a screen, so he came to Chris and Chris to ask for an apprenticeship.
He completed his Level 2 Apprenticeship in Food Production and Cookery back in 2016. During his time studying Lee was nominated and shortlisted for Apprentice of the Year at the College of West Anglia.
Upon completing his studies Lee became a full time Commis Chef working alongside Head Chef Antony.
In early 2018 Lee gained promotion to Sous Chef and has taken on further responsibilities in our Kitchen.
Lee has a passion for deserts and has designed our dessert menu.