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Aaron Patterson
Hambleton hall

Hambleton Hall

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Hambleton Hall
Hambleton
Oakham
LE15 8TH

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The Chef

 

Aaron Patterson

Chefs have a tendency to flit between restaurants in a bid to experience all sorts of different styles of cooking, new ways of working and to give a boost to their CV. While Aaron Patterson has certainly had his fair share of stages, it’s quite incredible that he has been head chef at Hambleton Hall since 1992.

His mother worked front of house and his father was a chef, so Aaron grew up surrounded by the catering industry. ‘I was cheap labour at the age of thirteen!’ he laughs. ‘I could’ve been anything I wanted to be, and after working in a kitchen with my father – who made Marco Pierre White look like a pussycat – it should’ve put me off, but it didn’t.

‘I was first at Hambleton Hall when I was sixteen,’ he continues. ‘It was the best restaurant in the area and the head chef at the time Nick Gill (food critic A.A. Gill’s brother) took me on as an apprentice. There weren’t very many Michelin-starred restaurants back then but Hambleton Hall was one of them, and Nick’s background in Parisian kitchens meant everything was quite old fashioned – I had to do things like lay out all the chef whites every morning, which you don’t see anymore.’

Aaron Patterson