Steve Walpole

Steve Walpole

Chef, Food Consultant, Teacher and Demonstrator

Steve Walpole has been passionate about food and cooking since he started a Saturday job in a local restaurant at the age of 15! He went on to gain a whole host of college qualifications, diplomas and awards including Awards of Excellence winner in 2000, parade de chefs medals, roux scholarship finalist, advanced culinary arts diplomas in both kitchen/ larder work and pastry work.

Now Steve heads up Steve Walpole Ltd with a wealth of experience and knowledge under his belt. Prior to starting this Venture Steve was appointed head development chef at Ugo Foods in charge of Ugo Foods’ recipe development and managed the creation and expansion of the company’s delicious fresh pasta and street food recipes.

Steve has enjoyed a vast career to date including roles such as Executive Chef at Corney & Barrow Bars, where he was part of the senior management team, overseeing the operational side of all 14 London bars, restaurants as well designing and developing menus across the three different brands. He also held the Senior Executive Development Chef position at Gate Gourmet, where he developed menus for various airline clients, but predominantly British Airways First Class, Business Class and World Traveller. With this role Steve travelled and worked around the globe to enhance his cookery skills but also share his knowledge of British and western cuisines. Teaching and Training is something Steve is very passionate about having worked as a full-time senior lecturer at Westminster Kingsway College in London where he was also course coordinator for part of Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Foundation.

Steve is an active member of the Academy of Culinary Arts and was a committee member of the Craft Guild of Chefs. Regularly on the judging panel for various prestigious awards, competitions and shows such as The Annual Awards of Excellence with the Academy of Culinary Arts, The Craft Guild of Chefs, The Salon Culinaire International in London. Steve also has a strong presence at retail awards for the likes of Free From Food Awards, The Great Taste Awards and The Quality Foods Awards UK.

Steve’s philosophy is “Food is something to love and respect, less is more, keep it simple. Always try; some of the best results come from making mistakes.” When he’s not working or trying out new pasta creations, Steve is riding or racing his motorbike and spending time with his wife and two children, whom he is encouraging a love for food and ingredients.