Executive Head Chef

Michael Caines MBE
Executive Head Chef 


Michael Caines MBE is considered one of the most brilliant chefs in the United Kingdom.

He has been cooking at The Bath Priory’s sister property, Gidleigh Park, since 1994, and he and his team have held two Michelin stars since 1999. At the time, Michael was the youngest chef to achieve this high accolade. Michael is from Exeter, and spent formative periods of his career working with master chefs such as Raymond Blanc, Joël Robuchon and the late Bernard Loiseau.

At Gidleigh Park, Michael has created a very personal yet classic style of cuisine that utilises the finest West Country produce and ingredients to produce innovative and exciting modern European cuisine of the highest order. In 2001 his talent and achievements were recognised by his peers when he won Chef of the Year at the prestigious Catey Awards.

In 2004, Michael went into partnership with Andrew Brownsword to found ABode, a fast-growing group of boutique hotels, all with Michael Caines' dining establishments. Michael Caines was awarded an MBE in 2006 for Services to the Hospitality Industry and in 2007 he received the “AA Chefs’ Chef of the Year 2007-2008” Award, voted for by his peers. 

Michael's most recent achievments were a cause for double celebration, Gidleigh Park was voted Number One in the Sunday Times and Hardens Top 100 British Restaurants, taking the top spot for Best Place to Stay and Best Wine List too. The Bath Priory came in at number three in the South West and took an overall position of 39, a tremendous result for Head Chef Sam Moody who has developed his own style under Michael's guidance.



Forthcoming Events with Michael:

Thursday 8th December - Festive Wine Dinner with Michael Caines MBE