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The Vineyard's chef Robby is one to watch

Newly-appointed head chef wins prestigious Acorn Award

Andy Murrill

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The Vineyard's chef Robby is one to watch

Robby Jenks, the newly-appointed head chef of The Vineyard at Stockcross, has won a prestigious Acorn Award.

Affectionately known as the 30 under 30, the Acorn Awards are celebrating their 30th anniversary and have sought to recognise the brightest prospects in the hospitality industry.

Since 1987, a total of 870 Acorn Awards have been presented to individuals including Jason Atherton, Marcus Wareing and John Campbell, former head chef at the Vineyard who gained the property two Michelin stars.

The Caterer (previously known as Caterer & Hotelkeeper) said that the awards aimed “to turn the spotlight on men and women who had the best chance of becoming the greats of the next generation” – and Mr Jenks is fast becoming one of those greats.

He has been at the helm of the kitchens at The Vineyard since February and has brought with him a wealth of experience and rich culinary background from working in some of the UK’s most gastronomic hotels, including Gidleigh Park under Michael Caines and Whatley Manor with Martin Burge.

Mr Jenks said: “I am very proud of this fantastic recognition and hope that I am seen as an ambassador for young people.

“It just goes to show that if you work hard then great achievements can be made.

“It is so important to build solid foundations early on in your career, working in the right team under the right chefs.”

The Acorn Awards Ceremony was held on Monday, June 13, at Chewton Glen in Hampshire.

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