Originally from Skipton, John trained at the The Angel at Hetton under Dennis Watkins and returned to his Yorkshire Dales roots having made a name for himself in the North West where he was awarded Chef of the Year three times as chef and partner of the acclaimed White Hart at Lydgate.

Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate, North Yorkshire – 4 star Conference Hotel

Commis Chef from 1984 – 1987

Manor House Hotel, Moretonhampstead, Devon – 4 star

Chef de Partie 1987 – 1988

Brasserie & Arkle Restaurant

The Chester Grosvenor Hotel 5 star / 1 Michelin
Demi Chef – Sous Chef 1988 – 1992

The Terrace @ The Dorchester Hotel

The Angel at Hetton, Hetton, Skipton, North Yorkshire
Sous Chef 1992 – 1994

The White Hart Inn, Lydgate, Saddleworth, Lancashire

Head Chef – Chef Director/Co-owner 1994 – 2008

2 AA Rosette – Lancashire Life Restaurant Hotel of The Year

14 years Bib Gourmet

Craft Guild of Chef Pub Restaurant Chef of the Year

Pub Chef of the Year

Food & Beer Chef of the Year, Overall Chef of the Year

Pub Magazine Chef of the Year

The Grassington House, Grassington, Skipton, North Yorkshire – Co Owner with Susan Rudden
2008 – Present

2 AA Rosette Restaurant since 2008

Yorkshire Life Awards – Small but Special Accommodation – Winner 2009

Michelin entry
Good Food Guide 3

AA Funkliest B & B of the Year Finalist 2015

White Rose Awards Finalist 2016

Oliver Awards Finalist 2017