Meet Our Kitchen Team

Head Chef
Paul Smart


Our Head Chef Paul is a married family man who has been steadily employed as a Chef for the past 14 years.

He had initially thought he would like to pursue a career in I.T. but when he started his training he found the subject really didn't interest him.  Paul was offered the opportunity to change to a Catering Course and there found his passion for good food was awakened.

His first 'proper job' was in a large kitchen in a Gentlemen's Club in St James in London where he was taught to cook classic French dishes to a very high standard.  This role gave rise to a huge change of lifestyle from his younger days spent in the Norfolk market town of King's Lynn.  The training 'on the job' was intense and Paul learnt a lot about the culinary terminology and what was expected of a Chef in a professional kitchen.

Paul was fortunate to have a very influential and supportive Head Chef guiding him in this first role.  The lessons learned during this first step along the career path provided him with an excellent foundation on which to build his skill set as he worked his way up through the ranks within a number of kitchens, including working in a hotel which served food to a 2 Rosette standard.

Paul is an innovative Chef with excellent culinary skills, he finds the most rewarding part of his job is receiving positive recognition for all the hard work put in by himself and the other members of his kitchen team.

Sous Chef
Elaine Hafidi

Our Sous Chef Elaine is married and has a young primary school-aged daughter,  she has been employed as a Chef since she was just 18 years old.

Elaine's credits her early interest in preparing and cooking food to her mother who she remembers was always baking and cooking wholesome  'homemade' meals.

Elaine has many culinary skills but her primary love is baking and cooking.  She was strongly influenced in her early days in a professional kitchen by a Chef de Partie who taught her many techniques which she still uses regularly today.

Her first role as a Baker/Confectioner gave her skills which enabled her to move on to become a Chef de Partie in a local coaching inn. From here her career brought her many opportunities to perfect her skills as her roles have included,  Grill Chef, Sous Chef and also acting Head Chef on occasions. 

Whilst Elaine is always looking to expand her knowledge and improve her techniques, when not at work, she enjoys spending time with her daughter and her husband and also visiting her husband's family in Morocco.