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Mark Hix
Hix Soho

Hix Soho

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66-70 Brewer Street
London
W1F 9UP
UK

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The Chef

 

Mark Hix

Mark Hix grew up in West Bay, Bridport, a seaside town on the Dorset coast, raised by his grandparents on a diet of simple country dishes: ‘My grandmother cooked – cheaper cuts like lamb hearts and pork belly – and my grandfather grew tomatoes.’ Mark Hix did not have big career plans when he first stepped into the kitchen. A boy who has worked in some capacity since the age of twelve, he found himself in his first kitchen job, at a local pub, ‘to earn a bit of cash.’ After dabbling with domestic science at school – and winning the school prize for his efforts – he says he ended up at catering college ‘purely because I didn’t have any other options.’

It was at Weymouth College that he met Laurie Mills, a teacher at the college and the first of his significant culinary inspirations. Mark Hix says: ‘He was a brilliant chef and party boy and he always talked about London – I wanted to go there and do what he did.’ At the time, it was hotels that offered the best possibilities for high quality training and experience, so on heading to the capital he took up a position as commis chef at The Hilton. He then moved onto Grosvenor House Hotel, where he trained under Anton Edelmann.

Mark Hix