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Michael Caines
Born (1969-01-03) 3 January 1969 (age 55)
Exeter, Devon, England
EducationExeter Catering College
Culinary career
Current restaurant(s)
  • The Coach House by Michael Caines, Kentisbury Grange Devon, England
    Lympstone Manor Devon, England 1 Michelin star
Award(s) won

Michael Andrew Caines MBE DL (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] He is currently the chef owner of the Lympstone Manor hotel between Exeter and Exmouth, which holds one Michelin star.


Caines was born in Exeter in 1969 and was adopted by Patricia and Peter Caines, one of six offspring. He studied catering at Exeter College.[3] From 1987 to 1989 he worked at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane in London, followed by three 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.

He became the Head Chef at the one Michelin starred Gidleigh Park in 1994 but lost his 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. Caines departed Gidleigh Park in January 2016[5] and was replaced by Michelin-starred chef, Michael Wignall.[6]

Michael Caines Restaurants Ltd was founded in 1999 and the Michael Caines Restaurant opened at the Bristol Marriott Royal in July 2003. However, a meeting with Andrew Brownsword in early 2000 resulted in a partnership and the purchase of the Royal Clarence Hotel, Exeter in October 2000. In 2016 the hotel closed as the result of a devastating fire.[7]

Together they developed the ABode Hotels concept. There are 5 hotels in ABode Hotels: Exeter,[8] Canterbury,[9] Glasgow,[10] Manchester,[11] and Chester.[12] Caines was also executive chef for The Bath Priory from 2009[13] until 2017, a position now held by Michael Nizzero.[14] He was appointed Director of Food & Beverage for Andrew Brownsword Hotels in 2012,[15] a role he held until July 2014.[16]

Caines became involved in catering for the Williams Formula 1 team in 2013 and, as of the 2017 Grand Prix season, is seen regularly in Williams attire in the paddock.[citation needed]

Caines and John Burton Race represented the Southwest of England in the BBC television series Great British Menu in 2006.[17] Caines beat the Dartmouth based chef to go on to the final round.

Caines launched The Michael Caines Academy[18] in 2011 at Exeter College. In 2015, Caines resigned from Gidleigh Park and ABode Hotels to pursue other business interests.

In 2016, Caines opened Lympstone Manor,[19] a luxury boutique hotel and restaurant near Exmouth, Devon, which he describes as "the realisation of a dream, my vision of country house hospitality for the 21st Century". He established a vineyard in the estate to produce a house champagne-method sparkling wine. Since its first harvest in 2020, the Triassic Pinot Noir was produced and has scooped a gold medal at the 2023 International Wine Challenge (IWC) and a bronze at the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC). [20] October 2023 will see the launch of the Champagne-method sparkling wine the Classic Cuvée.

Caines relaunched The Cove Restaurant, situated in Maenporth near Falmouth in Cornwall, which had been owned and operated by Arty Williams and Annette Rickard for 17 years. The relaunch began on 10 March 2020 and was billed to offer a "relaxed and informal approach to dining that is designed to attract families, locals and holidaymakers alike". However, after less than 2 weeks, on 23 March 2020, the Cove had to temporarily close due to the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown announcement, although has re-opened since.[citation needed]

In addition to his Michelin-starred Lympstone Manor Hotel and Restaurant, Caines owns and operates The Cove Restaurant, the Harbourside Refuge in Porthleven, Mickeys Beach Bar and Restaurant in Exmouth, and Cafe Patisserie Glacerie.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Caines lives near Exeter in mid-Devon. He has three daughters and a son. As an adopted child and amputee, he supports a number of local agencies and amputee initiatives and charities.[22][23]



  1. ^ "Michael Andrew Caines". Who's who 2014. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 30 March 2014.
  2. ^ "About Michael".
  3. ^ Caines, Michael; Saladino, Dan (17 July 2022). "Michael Caines: A Life Through Food". The Food Programme.
  4. ^ BBC News Interview – Losing Power: Michael Caines
  5. ^ "Michael Caines to leave Gidleigh Park in January". The Caterer. 8 October 2015. Retrieved 12 July 2017.
  6. ^ "Michael Wignall to replace Michael Caines at Gidleigh Park". The Caterer. 15 October 2015. Retrieved 12 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Royal Clarence Hotel owner confirms plan to restore front". Devon Live. 23 January 2017. Retrieved 12 July 2017.
  8. ^ "Luxury Hotel in Exeter City Centre | ABode Exeter – Temporarily Closed". www.abodeexeter.co.uk. Retrieved 12 July 2017.
  9. ^ Abode Canterbury
  10. ^ Abode Glasgow
  11. ^ Adobe Manchester
  12. ^ Abode Chester
  13. ^ "Michael Caines at the Bath Priory". The Caterer. 10 April 2009. Retrieved 12 July 2017.
  14. ^ "Michael Nizzero appointed Executive Chef at The Bath Priory". Retrieved 12 July 2017.
  15. ^ BigHospitality.co.uk. "Michael Caines appointed non-exec director at Bath Priory, steps down from exec chef role". BigHospitality.co.uk. Retrieved 12 July 2017.
  16. ^ "Michael Caines resigns from director post to explore new challenges". Devon Live. 23 July 2014. Retrieved 12 July 2017.[permanent dead link]
  17. ^ BBC – Food – TV and radio – Great British Menu Archived 18 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  18. ^ Michael Caines Academy
  19. ^ Lympstone Manor – Luxury Hotel
  20. ^ Lympstone Manor Vineyard
  21. ^ "Michael Caines acquires Cornish Restaurant The Cove at Maenporth". Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  22. ^ "Families for Children Trust patrons". Archived from the original on 29 May 2018. Retrieved 30 March 2014.
  23. ^ Green, Emily (26 October 1994). "Still reaching for the stars when a rising young chef lost an arm his passion for cooking kept him alive". The Independent. London. Retrieved 27 July 2020.
  24. ^ "No. 58014". The London Gazette (Supplement). 17 June 2006. p. 15.
  25. ^ Ring, Chris (13 May 2019). "HM Lord-Lieutenant of Devon introduces his newly commissioned Deputy Lieutenants on 10th May 2019". The Lord Lieutenant of Devon. Retrieved 19 January 2023.

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