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Andrew MacKenzie

Most mornings on the Sussex coast, fishermen in lonely boats lope out into the sunrise - whether the waters are placid or rough - and they bring home some of the best seafood in the world. Cooking out of The Restaurant at Drakes, in Brighton, Chef Andrew MacKenzie has an embarrassment of riches at his disposal - and few have made as much of the opportunity.

Growing up in Devon, MacKenzie paid close attention to his uncle, who was head chef at a Sheffield hotel. After training at Birmingham’s College of Food, he honed his craft working for Allan Hill at Gleneagles and the famously mercurial Nico Ladenis at Chez Nico and at Sevendials Restaurant (now Sam’s of Sevendials). Mackenzie settled in at Gingerman Restaurant at the boutique hotel Drakes, which was later refurbished and rebranded as The Restaurant at Drakes when he took over as head chef.

The Good Food Guide 2010 rated MacKenzie’s cookery to be the best in Brighton, lavishing praise on his ‘exemplary cooking skills, innovative ideas, impeccable ingredients and… element of excitement.’

While he’s justifiably proud of the local fish - game, Sussex steak and pork belly are also specialties. As View Brighton points out, he ‘does British comfort food to perfection’. While his food is widely noted for its elegance and moreish bonhomie, he takes a no-nonsense approach to his work - when Private Dining Rooms asked him for advice for home chefs, MacKenzie responded simply, ‘Make sure your knives are sharp!’

Awards

The AA
Two AA rosettes

Good Food Guide
Highest-rated restaurant in Brighton

Toptable Gold Award
Top diner-rated restaurant, June 2011


Restaurants
The Restaurant at Drakes
The Restaurant at Drakes Part of a luxury hotel in a strip of Brighton teeming with such establishments, The Restaurant at Drakes is one of the reasons that the hotel stands out from the crowd. While the hotel itself holds plenty of attraction – modern, romantic and stylish, with pampering packages and gift bundles available for the visitors – it’s Andrew Mackenzie’s food that draws notably high praise.

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Drakes of Brighton on Twitter

drakes of Brighton

@drakesbrighton

42 weeks

Nice to see the sun again, we have a few rooms left if you fancy coming and having a relax with a cocktail or two and relax in the lounge.

drakes of Brighton

@drakesbrighton

47 weeks

RT @BrightonRocks_: Still recovering from the #cotebrasserie and @drakesbrighton Christmas parties held upstairs. They know how to party!!!