Head Chef Cameron Smith

Our fabulous Head Chef, Cameron Smith, grew up in Derbyshire, though he originally hails from Bonnie Scotland. He loves a spot of fishing when he has the time and his long-standing enemy is the carp… (indeed if you put an ear to the kitchen door you might just hear him regaling his colleagues with tales of the one that got away….)

In 2007 Cameron found himself in the business end of a hotel kitchen for the very first time working as a Commis Chef at Riber Hall, in his adopted home county of Derbyshire, by 2008 he had progressed to Chef de Partie at Shottle Hall, also in Derbyshire. Then in 2010 Cameron made an initial foray into the Lakes, landing as Sous Chef in the kitchens at Linthwaite. 2013 saw him back in Derbyshire, but not for long, as the lure of the Lakes got the better of him and he rapidly hot footed it to join the team in our kitchen at The Ryebeck.

As you might imagine Cameron is passionate about food… fresh local produce is his be all and end all, which is all rather handy considering his cooking revolves around using high quality locally sourced ingredients… and this shows in the dishes they are creating in the kitchen… he likes simple food done well and concentrates on letting the ingredients do his talking.

As you might imagine he has a few favourite dishes up his sleeve, which he will introduce in the coming months in the Ryebeck’s new seasonal menus… Enjoy!