William Grinsted

Experienced local chef - Founder of The Black Jacket Chef and Black Jacket Events

Chef William Grinsted began his career working for the renowned Milsoms Group where he mastered the art of fine dining. 

William’s next move saw him relocate to London where he spent a year working in the corporate world catering for business executives and their clients.

In 2006, William’s passion for local produce saw him return to his East Anglian roots where he opened a new restaurant, specialising in local food. Building a reputation for excellence William began consulting for local restaurants which led to the launch of his Essex Based company The Black Jacket Chef. The company has grown beyond recognition and is now known as Black Jacket Events.

Black Jacket Events offers bespoke catering and event services for corporate and private clients, weddings, cookery lessons and parties as well as consulting services for start-up and existing restaurants. William has catered for well-known celebrities including Amanda Holden and Andrew Lloyd-Webber. His corporate clients include Audi, BMW, Land Rover and most recently Ferrari. Over the years William has worked alongside a number of celebrity chefs including Gary Rhodes and Paul Rankin.  

William’s cooking style is adventurous and influenced by his varied experiences as a chef. He is an integral part of the team at The Cookery School at Braxted Park and has been teaching at The Cookery School since its launch in 2011. William’s relationship with Braxted Park has gone from strength to strength over the last five years and William is now producing much of the food on the estate as Braxted Parks’ executive chef.  

Specialist courses:

Cooking For Beginners 

Everlasting English 

Modern British 

Tastes of the Orient 

The Great British Takeaway