Meet The Team

 

 

 

Executive Chef - Dan Lee

Executive Chef - Dan Lee

The brainchild of our Executive Chef – Dan Lee the Season Kitchens menus champion sustainability and hero smaller, local producers. A delicious voyage into the finest produce Surrey and the UK has to offer, Dan has collaborated with Surrey Hills Butchers to create the ultimate, modern seasonal British menu; bursting with fresh twists that will surprise and delight you.

Dan began his career at the tender age of 19 as First Commis at Hand Picked Hotels, a move to Brooklands hotel Weybridge under locally renowned Nick Sinclair followed and then a progression to Junior Sous Chef at the respected Buford Bridge. Dan rose through the ranks quickly becoming Sous Chef at the the 5 star luxury hotel, Penny Hill Park and was soon promoted to Head Chef of their Brasserie restaurant.

Dans menus are visionary and of  the exceptional quality you would expect from Seasons Kitchen.

 

Seasons Garden Head Chef - Scott Hammond

Seasons Garden Head Chef - Scott Hammond

Starting at a very early age our Seasons Garden head Chef Scott Hammond was a regular visitor to his family owned butchers shop which is where he formed a culinary fascination with low and slow cooking, maximising the flavour of the less favoured meat cuts such as brisket and turning them into something magical. This skill made him the ideal choice for our new alfresco restaurant Seasons Garden with its ‘sliders’ and ‘dirty corn’ dishes Scott feels right at home.

With no previous experience Scott started at Wagamamas, Windsor and soon got the bug, rapidly moving on to become Sous Chef for the Brunning & Price group. A move to Pearmain Pubs saw him in the position of Senior Sous where he remained for 5 years until we tempted him to Seasons Kitchen. Scott joined us as Head Chef just as we were going into the first lockdown however with the creation of the menu for Seasons Garden and along with Executive Chef Dan Lee, designing a delicious new range of sandwiches for the Farm Shop, he has been keeping busy.

Pastry Chef - Ellen de Jäger

Pastry Chef - Ellen de Jäger

With creations lauded by The Sunday Times, who placed her desserts in the top 10 in the UK, it goes without saying that Ellen de Jager is an incredible talent in the world of pastry and patisserie.

Inspired by grandmother’s farm cooking, Ellen completed an intensive training course at Christina Martin: a private chef school in South Africa. After moving to England, Ellen started her career at The White Room in the Seaham Hall Hotel, Durham.

She then progressed to work for Nigel Howarth at Northcote Manor, for the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire in the Michelin-starred Burlington restaurant at the Devonshire Arms, and – following a relocation to Jersey – at the renowned Bohemia, one of the top 15 restaurants in the UK.

For the last eight years, Ellen has worked alongside her husband and is proud to spend her spare time fundraising for charities close to her heart.

Ellen’s journey has brought her back to England and to the Seasons Kitchen, where she will develop beautiful freshly baked goods alongside Executive Chef Dan Lee.

 

Restaurant Manager & Head Sommelier - Marco Nardi

Restaurant Manager & Head Sommelier - Marco Nardi

Our sunny, dynamic Restaurant Manager and Head Sommelier Marco began his prestigious career in his native Italy. A passion for haute cuisine took him to the Palace Hotel in Gstaad where he discovered his true calling, wine. Marco has since dedicated himself to oenology, the study of wine, moving to the uk in 2015 to further his journey at the Chewton Glen hotel, under mentor Francesco Gabriele and then to Michelin starred L’Ortolan, Reading.

Marco joined the Seasons family in 2020 where he is working towards his Master Sommelier final certification, making him one of (currently) only 269 Master Sommeliers in the world.

Click to view Marco’s tasting notes

 

Seasons Farm Shop Manager - Po West

Seasons Farm Shop Manager - Po West

We needed a someone special to manage our fantastic Farm Shop; meet the energetic and delightful Po West. Po has always been interested in great service and her career has indeed been mostly customer facing. From working as an air hostess, running a self owned cleaning business and managing two popular and renowned airport lounges a first class customer experience has always been top of Po’s priorities.

Po has been part of  Seasons Farm Shop from the start and her clear vision of what the business could and should achieve was perfectly aligned with ours. Unrivalled customer service,  quality products and a modern take on a traditional British farm shop, Po has realised her vision of creating one of Surrey’s finest shopping experiences,  putting customer care at its forefront. 

We believe that Seasons’ uniqueness is best enjoyed when you come in to the shop yourself.

Farm Shop Beers & Wines - Fred Domellof

Farm Shop Beers & Wines - Fred Domellof

Our wines and spirits section is unrivalled in the local area. We specialise in international beers and local spirits, we even have our own “Seasons Gin,” created for us by The Gin Kitchen, based in Surrey.

Swedish by origin, Fred travelled extensively at a young age, trained as a Chef and Sommelier at Le Richemond Hotel in Geneva. Followed by management training with Intercontinental Hotels, London. Fred has opened business across the world, from a Brasserie and Cocktail Bar in Edmonton, Canada to The Magpie Hotel in Lower Sunbury, England – converting the pub into a thirteen bedroom Hotel and Gastro Pub, which he later sold.

Fred’s talents do not end there, he has over 40 years of experience in the hospitality business and he’d be delighted to share his knowledge with you whether you’re looking for a wine to pair with dinner or something new and unusual, Fred’s your guy.