Michael was born in Exeter in 1969 and adopted into a large and loving family. He gained his passion for food from his mother who he used to enjoy helping in the kitchen. Says Michael, “I grew up in a large family, and my love of food and cooking came from the big family meals we always shared together, prepared by my mother, who was a wonderful cook. My father loved to grow vegetables and fruit in our garden, and so I grew up appreciating the flavours of the freshest foods, picked that day and simply prepared.”
In 1994 Michael returned to Britain to take up his current position at Gidleigh Park. Only two months into the job, Michael was involved in a tragic car accident in which he lost his right arm. Remarkably he was back in the kitchen within two weeks, more determined than ever.
Michael Caines is one of Britain’s most acclaimed chefs. Since 1994, he has been based at Gidleigh Park, the prestigious 2-star Michelin country house hotel on the edge of Dartmoor at Chagford, Devon.
Amongst numerous other accolades, Michael has cooked in 10 Downing Street for the Prime Minister, and he took part in ‘The Great British Menu’ chef’s competition broadcast on BBC2 television for the honour of cooking for the Queen’s 80th birthday.