3rd - 4th June 2017
Caldicot Castle
Charles Rouse

Charles Rouse, Chef/Patron of The Chainbridge Inn

Saturday 11:30 Charles Rouse, Chef/Patron of The Chainbridge Inn.

Charles began his culinary journey at the age of fourteen as a Kitchen Porter at the Fingle Glen Golf Hotel. After leaving school Charles first job was as a Trainee Chef at the Royal Clarence in Exeter. With his training complete, his next job was as a Junior Sous Chef at the 3 Rosettes Buckerell Lodge Hotel.

Charles, unexpectedly, discovered that cooking was in his blood. His grandfather, who had died when Charles was nine years old, had left him his gold medal. Ernest Rouse was a gold medallist and Head Chef at the Rougemont Hotel in Exeter. On several occasions he had cooked for the Queen and Princess Margaret. When on his twenty first birthday, Charles became Head Chef at the Devon Court Hotel he was given the gold medal his grandfather had left him in his will. He was touched to know that his grandfather was watching over him and his career.

During his 25 years as a chef Charles has worked for some famous chefs. He worked for Michael Caines MBE as a Head Chef, senior Chef de Partie for Heston Blumenthal and Senior Sous Chef for Stephen Terry.

Now Charles with his partner Uta, have taken on a new challenge. The Chainbridge Inn at Kemeys Commander is their new Bar and Restaurant which promises the finest quality dishes together with the best service. Charles uses only the best quality ingredients many of which are sourced from local producers. In the restaurant Charles uses all his skills and experience to give his diners some inspirational food.

Charles Rouse dessert