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Turner is one of Britain's most successful and well-known
chefs. His early mentor was the food writer and broadcaster
the late Michael Smith. Turner has trained at some of
the most prestigious hotels and restaurants in Europe.
Following two years at 'Simpson's in the Strand' with
Richard Shepherd, (now owner of Langan's Brasserie),
he followed Richard to 'The Savoy Grill' where he worked
under Louis Virot. He then went to the 'Beau Rivage
Palace' in Lausanne, where he developed his skills and
knowledge of classical cuisine.
then returned to England and worked at 'Claridge's'
until 1971 when he went to the 'Capital Hotel' where
he again teamed up with Richard Shepherd. In early 1973
he took some time to work as a Chef Lecturer. Later
that year returning to the 'Capital Hotel' where he
and Shepherd earned a prized Michelin star. Following
the departure of Richard Shepherd in 1975 he became
Chef de Cuisine at this uniquely Michelin starred hotel
where he reigned for eleven years. During his period
at the 'Capital' Turner was responsible for the launch
of the 'Greenhouse Restaurant' in Mayfair and the 'Metro
Wine Bar' in Basil Street, becoming executive chef of
these establishments. Among the many well known chef's
who worked with Turner at the 'Capital' are Gary Rhodes
and Shaun Hill who now have their own Michelin starred
1986 Turner opened his own restaurant 'Turner's', in
Walton street, Knightsbridge, which immediately attracted
a regular clientele of local residents as well as a
devoted international following who appreciated the
degree of personal attention to both food, service and
customers. 'Turner's' set new standards for the British
chef-owned restaurants which have become a feature of
dining out in London.
has become a successful television personality, appearing
regularly on 'Ready Steady Cook'. He has made numerous
appearances on the 'Food and Drink' programme and has
also been a judge on 'Master Chef'. He featured, as
resident chef for many years on Granada's 'This Morning'
eventually moving to the BBC for his own series 'Out
to Lunch' and then 'Anything you can Cook'. Despite
a hectic television schedule Turner still spent the
equivalent of a full working week at the restaurant
personally meeting and greeting his customers.
2001 whilst Turner's was at it's height the pressure
of regular outside work caused Turner to take another
momentous career step and sell Turner's of Walton Street.
In February 2002 Turner opened the eponymous Brian Turner
Restaurant at The Crowne Plaza Hotel in Birmingham's
NEC in association with the Aramark Contract Catering
Company. This now allows Turner to present himself on
various fronts i.e. Restaurants, outside catering, consultancy
and the media.
1997 Turner was awarded the Craft Guild of Chef's Special
Award for achievement within the industry together with
the Caterer and Hotelkeepers Catey Award for 'Chef of
the Year' as well as the 'Wedgwood Award' for outstanding
services to the hospitality industry.
at the peak of his profession he has been the Chairman
of the Academy of Culinary Arts for nine years and is
the chairman of the UK Hospitality Skills Board, he
has also been awarded an Honorary Professorship of Thames
Valley University because of his work and commitment
to The London School of Tourism, Hospitality and Leisure
and catering education in general. He is regularly invited
to be 'guest chef' at leading hotels around the world
where his expertise is in great demand as a judge for
national and international cookery competitions. Despite
all of this Turner still manages to represent Tesco
as their protein man i.e. Recipe development for meat
and fish, whilst being heavily committed to various
charities. Having run the London Marathon for the benefit
of Aids victims, walked The Moonwalk for Breast Cancer
he still finds time to do work for the Anthony Nolan
Bone Marrow Trust and other charities. Books are being
written, new television programmes recorded, after dinner
speaking engagements and cookery demonstrations all
form part of his constant hectic schedule.
June 15th 2002 in the Queen's Birthday Honours Turner
was awarded a CBE for his services to tourism and training
in the catering industry. On Thursday 21st November
2002 Turner made a visit to the Palace to receive his
April 2003 Turner launched his new stand alone London
restaurant 'Brian Turner Mayfair' at the Millennium
Hotel, London Mayfair. The restaurant serves modern
British food, which has made Turner such a favourite
with the culinary establishment and the public at large.
Turner Mayfair' has a relaxed and comfortable environment
and will be a consistently good, informal restaurant
providing the highest quality at a reasonable price.
has agreed to launch a new range of upmarket sandwiches
to be distributed in various retail outlets around the
country called 'Not Just a Sandwich'. To be launched
launched his new book 'Brian Turner's favourite British
recipes' on October 6th 2003 and is now the resident
chef on Granada's 'This Morning' again.
of the UK's favourite chefs, Brian Turner, has
smashed his way into the supermarket to show the many
tempting ways to use convenience potato products and
devised the ultimate recipe plan for the British Potato
Council - 'Seven Ways with Potatoes for Seven Days'.
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