Rupert Rowley – Head Chef
A native Yorkshireman, Rupert Rowley trained at Sheffield Catering College, graduating in 1995. He secured a placement to Raymond Blanc’s Manoir au Quat’ Saison in Oxford, and proved such a success that Raymond asked him to stay on, which he did until 1997.
His next strategic career move took him to work for the infamous John Burton Race, at the 2 Michelin starred L’Ortolan restaurant in Reading. In 2001, Rupert decided to brave the kitchens of Gordon Ramsay at his flagship eponymous 3 Michelin starred Chelsea restaurant.
Returning to his roots, Rupert joined Fischer’s Baslow Hall as Sous Chef in 2002, and was appointed Head Chef in 2003.
Since then, Rupert has been crucial in Fischer’s holding a Michelin star for 22 continuous years. His culinary style, rooted in classical French cuisine, constantly evolves, embracing cutting edge techniques and modern ingredients.
Ably supported by a young, enthusiastic kitchen crew, Rupert’s innovative dishes take full advantage of fantastic, fresh, seasonal local and British produce; Derbyshire Spring Lamb & organic beef, Yorkshire forced rhubarb and Baslow Hall’s home-produced honey. Many of the vegetables and herbs Rupert uses are grown in Baslow Hall’s lovingly tended kitchen garden. Indeed 90% of all the ingredients used in the Fischer’s kitchen are British grown.
In 2007, Rupert, with Max & Susan Fischer, opened Rowley’s village pub & restaurant in the heart of Baslow, overseeing a talented young kitchen team serving fresh new dishes in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.
Rupert is in high demand for cookery demonstrations and competitions, alongside a burgeoning television career, starting with his 2009 ‘cook-off’ against The Hairy Bikers in their ‘Food Tour of Britain’ series. Needless to say, Rupert’s dish won by 6 votes to 3. Since then he has appeared in the first series of ‘Yes Chef’.
Rupert continues to support the work of Sheffield Catering College, running demonstrations and training sessions. Most recently in January 2017, Rupert and his team cooked lunch for 100, celebrating the retirement and achievements of Mick Buerk, his lecturer at the college.
He is married to the lovely Marianne, they have 3 young, boisterous children and 2 well-trained dogs!