Michael Caines

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Michael Caines
Born (1969-01-03) 3 January 1969 (age 48)
Exeter, Devon, England
Education Exeter Catering College
Website http://www.michaelcaines.com
Culinary career

Michael Andrew Caines MBE (born 3 January 1969)[1] is an English chef born in Exeter, Devon.

He was head chef of Gidleigh Park in Devon until January 2016.[2]


Born in Exeter in 1969, he was adopted by Mary and Peter Caines[3]

He became the Head Chef at Gidleigh Park in 1994 but he lost his full right arm in a car accident soon afterwards.[4] In 1999, Gidleigh Park was awarded a second Michelin Star, and in 2001 Caines won Chef of the Year at The Catey Awards.

Michael Caines Restaurants Ltd was founded in 1999 and the Michael Caines Restaurant opened at the Bristol Marriott Royal in July 2003. However, meeting with Andrew Brownsword in early 2000 resulted in a partnership and the purchase of the Royal Clarence Hotel, Exeter in October 2000. In 2017 the hotel suffered a devastating fire and is now closed. Together they have developed the Abode hotel concept.[5]

Currently there are 6 hotels in the Abode group: Exeter, Canterbury,[6] Glasgow,[7] Manchester,[8] Chester,[9] and Salisbury. Caines is also executive chef for Bath Priory Limited, which own both Bath Priory Hotel and Gidleigh Park Hotel.

Within Abode Hotels, exists Michael Caines Restaurants, as well as Michael Caines Taverns, Bars & Grills. Caines' role within the Abode franchise (apart from co-founder) was [10] Director of Food & Beverage.[11]

Caines became involved in catering for the Williams Formula 1 team in 2013, and was seen regularly in Williams attire in the paddock and continues to be involved in the 2017 season.

Caines and John Burton Race represented the Southwest of England in the BBC television series Great British Menu in 2006.[12] Caines beat the Dartmouth based chef to go on to the final round.

Caines was created a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) on 17 June 2006.

Caines launched The Michael Caines Academy[13] in 2011 at Exeter College.

In 2017, Caines opened Lympstone Manor[14] a luxury boutique hotel and restaurant in Exeter, Devon which he describes as "the realisation of a dream, my vision of country house hospitality for the 21st Century". He also plans to establish a vineyard in the estate to produce a house champagne-method sparkling wine.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Caines lives near Exeter in mid-Devon with his partner and their daughter. He also has a son and daughter from his previous relationship.

As an adopted child he supports a number of local agencies and amputee initiatives and charities. He is a Patron of 'Families for Children Trust', a voluntary adoption agency covering Cornwall, Devon and Dorset.[16]


  1. ^ "Michael Andrew Caines". Who's who 2014. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  2. ^ http://www.michaelcaines.com/about-michael
  3. ^ where his mother nurtured his love of cooking. He attended Exeter Catering College where he was awarded ‘Student of the Year’ in 1987. From 1987 to 1989 he worked at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane in London, followed by a 3 years working under his mentor Raymond Blanc at Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons in Oxfordshire. He then moved to France to study under Bernard Loiseau in Saulieu and Joël Robuchon in Paris.
  4. ^ BBC News Interview - Losing Power: Michael Caines
  5. ^ "Michael Caines 'Featured Chef' Profile and Biography". Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  6. ^ Abode Canterbury
  7. ^ Abode Glasgow
  8. ^ Adobe Manchester
  9. ^ Abode Chester
  10. ^ Michael Caine Resigns as Director of Food and Beverages
  11. ^ Chef Michael Caines MBE Gidleigh Park Hotel Devon & Bath Priory Hotel | The Staff Canteen
  12. ^ BBC - Food - TV and radio - Great British Menu Archived 18 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ Michael Caines Academy
  14. ^ Lympstone Manor - Luxury Hotel
  15. ^ Lympstone Manor Vineyard
  16. ^ "Families for Children Trust patrons". Retrieved 30 March 2014. 

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