Shaun Hill - Walnut Tree

Shaun Hill

Michelin Starred Chef & Owner of
the Walnut Tree Restaurant

Shaun Hill is one of Britain’s most enduringly successful chefs. He started cooking professionally at Robert Carrier’s restaurant in Islington in 1966 and has worked in some of London’s most prestigious addresses including the Gay Hussar in Soho and was Working Head Chef at the Capital Hotel in Knightsbridge. More recently, he was Head Chef at Gidleigh Park in Chagford, Devon for 9 years where he was a key player in the modern British food movement of the late 1980’s that fused local, seasonal produce with global influences. Then for 10 years Hill was Chef Patron of the Michelin-starred Merchant House Restaurant in Ludlow, which was hailed 14th best in the world and turned the small market town into a gastronomic destination. He has held a Michelin star for 25 years.

  • Held a Michelin Star for 25 years
  • AA Restaurant Guide’s ‘Chef’s Chef of 2003’
  • Caterer ‘Chef Award for 1990’
  • Caterer ‘Restaurateur Award for 2001’
  • Egon Ronay Guide ‘Chef of the Year Award for 1993’
  • Central television ‘Midlander of the Year Entrepreneur Award’
  • The Merchant House rated 14th best in the world by Restaurant Magazine ‘Top 50 in the World’ list
  • In December 2007 he reopened The Walnut Tree in Abergavenny, Wales, UK.
Walnut Tree Awards:
  • 1 Michelin star
  • 3 AA rosettes - Best in Wales 2010
  • Restaurant Magazine National Restaurant Awards - Best in Wales 2009, 2010, 2011
  • Hardens Guide Best in Wales 2010
Books Published:
  • The Gidleigh Park Cookery Book - foreword by Ted Hughes - 1989 - Ebury Press
  • Quick and Easy Vegetable Cookery - 1993 - BBC Books
  • Cooking at the Merchant House - 2000 - Conran Octopus
  • How to Cook Better - 2004 - Mitchell Beazley – The Guild of Food writes Cookery Book of the Year for 2005
  • Archestratus - a Life of Luxury, Translation and Commentary (with prof J Wilkins) - Prospect Books
  • Food in Ancient Times (with prof J.Wilkins) - Blackwell
  • Cook’s Book (with many others) - Dorling Kindersley