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Artichoke

Laurie Gear
Artichoke

Artichoke

  • 7/10 The Good Food Guide
  • Top 50 The Good Food Guide
  • Three Rosettes

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9 Market Square
Old Amersham
Buckinghamshire
HP7 ODF
United Kingdom

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The Chef

 

Laurie Gear

Laurie Gear grew up in Lyme Regis in west Dorset, raised on “wholesome home cooked food”. His father was a baker when he was young, and his mother a school cook, but it was an exchange trip to Creully in Normandy, France, that left the greatest impression: “It was a new experience for me having French food and really discovering their passion for food and wine. It was a totally a new environment to what I was used to.”

As he grew older, his parents accepted jobs as stewards at the local golf club, so by the time Laurie Gear was preparing to leave school, he was fully immersed in the hospitality industry, helping out his parents where needed: “I was helping mum in the kitchen and dad was behind the bar and their whole trade, their whole employment at that time, was food and drink related. I helped them and worked with them, so that kept me going within that field.”

Laurie Gear