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Chef's Profile

Daren Bale


Introducing your Chef Host, Daren Bale, who following a glittering culinary career in Great Britain and France has now created his newest venture, The Cook School, Bewdley situated in the magnificent rolling Worcestershire countryside.  His easy manner and humour with a practical yet inspirational approach to cooking will relax and enthuse any guest.

Daren’s career in fine dining has led him to attending many an award ceremony rubbing shoulders with celebrity chefs and cooking for royalty and stars from music, sport, screen and the Arts spanning over a 33 year period.

His skills were honed working in the South of England, London and France where his hard work; determination and talent began to be recognised and exciting opportunities started to arise.  His time at The Close at Tetbury led to 3 Rosettes being awarded with journalistic homage paid to his skill and creativity.

He is particularly proud of his tenure as Executive chef at the renowned Elms Hotel, Abberely, Worcestershire.  The restaurant featured in the Top 100 UK restaurants as voted by the Restaurant Magazine following Daren and his team being awarded 2 AA Rosettes.

Guests flocked to the Hotel to savour his food featuring classic modern British dishes and more accolades flooded in.

Acknowledgement of his inspired palette and beautifully crafted dishes continues to pepper the catering industries’ journals and regional publications. 



NEFF — www.neff-home.com/uk/

Robert Welch — www.robertwelch.com/‎

Bosch — www.bosch.co.uk/

Pineland Kitchens — www.pineland.co.uk

Bennett & Dunn — www.bennettanddunn.co.uk/

Netherton Foundry — www.netherton-foundry.co.uk/


"Immensely assured, tangibly guided by a genuine commitment to local and seasonal ingredients" — London Evening Standard

“Daren Bale is a Master in the kitchen” - Worcestershire Now

“Head Chef Daren Bale and his wife Louise who manages front of house deserve every accolade going” - Gloucestershire Today




Outstanding Contribution to Food – Worcestershire Life

Highly Commended, Blue Ribbon RAC Awards

Food Ambassador for Worcestershire

Best British Cheeseboard – highly recommended

Member of the Master Chefs of Great Britain

Winner of the fish category in the Great British Recipe Competition