Michael Caines

Michael Caines is Head Chef at Gidleigh Park, a two Michelin-starred country house hotel in Devon, and in charge of the food operations at his new chain of ABode hotels. He is recognised for his original and innovative cuisine, using his classical French training and the best regional produce from the West Country.

Born in Exeter in 1969, Michael was adopted into a large and caring family. His love of food came from big family meals and home-grown produce. After training at Exeter Catering College, he spent an influential three years under his mentor, Raymond Blanc. He then moved to France for a couple of years working under the late Bernard Loiseau in Saulieu and Joël Robuchon in Paris.

In 1994 Michael returned to Britain to take up his current position at Gidleigh Park. Only two months into the job, Michael was involved in a tragic car accident in which he lost his right arm. Remarkably he was back in the kitchen within two weeks, more determined than ever.

Michael founded Michael Caines Restaurants in 1999 and the next year opened his first signature restaurant Michael Caines at The Royal Clarence in Exeter. In 2003 he went into partnership with hotelier Andrew Brownsword, and together they are opening a group of boutique hotels and restaurants called ABode across the UK.

Michael is currently based in Devon, regularly cooking among side his chefs at Gidleigh Park and at ABode. In Summer 2006, Michael was awarded an MBE for services to the hospitality industry.

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Michael Caines

Michael Caines' Recipes



 
Caramelised Orange Tart
Caramelised Orange Tart on Market Kitchen

This wonderfully refreshing tart from Michael Caines combines crisp shortcrust pastry with a tangy orange filling and Chantilly cream to make a delicious dessert

Avg user rating: 3 out of 5 stars



easy

Total time
1 hr

Asparagus with truffle beurre blanc
Asparagus with truffle beurre blanc on Market Kitchen

White and green asparagus spears are luxuriously coated in a classic French butter sauce enriched with truffle oil and double cream, from Michael Caines

Avg user rating: 3 out of 5 stars



intermediate

Total time
15 min

Sausagemeat stuffing
Sausagemeat stuffing on Market Kitchen

A herby stuffing to cook alongside your roast from Michael Caines

Avg user rating: 3 out of 5 stars



easy

Total time
45 min

Mushroom and cognac crepes
Mushroom and cognac crepes on Market Kitchen

Michael Caines makes a rich mushroom sauce to drizzle over crepes for an indulgent meat-free meal

Avg user rating: 3 out of 5 stars



easy

Total time
15 min

Tomato Concasse Pasta Sauce
Tomato Concasse Pasta Sauce on Market Kitchen

A simple, fresh tomato sauce with fragrant vine-ripened tomatoes and basil makes a quick and healthy pasta sauce from Michael Caines

Avg user rating: 4 out of 5 stars



easy

Total time
10 min

Roasted Lemon Chicken
Roasted Lemon Chicken on Market Kitchen

Michael Caines caramelises whole chicory in the oven while his lemon-scented chicken is roasting for a perfect pairing

Avg user rating: 3 out of 5 stars



intermediate

Total time
2 hrs 20 min

Cognac custard
Cognac custard on Market Kitchen

Michael Caines shares his recipe for perfectly smooth, creamy custard with a kick of cognac

Avg user rating: 3 out of 5 stars



easy

Total time
30 min

Baked rice pudding with poached rhubarb
Baked rice pudding with poached rhubarb on Market Kitchen

Michael Caines shares a warming, and quintessentially English, dessert from his childhood

Avg user rating: 3 out of 5 stars



easy

Total time
1 hr 30 min

Banana cake with cream cheese frosting
Banana cake with cream cheese frosting on Perfect...

Michael Caines’ classic banana cake is a must-have addition to your cake repertoire

Avg user rating: 3 out of 5 stars



intermediate

Total time
1 hr 10 min

Honey-roasted Duckling with Spiced Apple Sauce
Honey-roasted Duckling with Spiced Apple Sauce on Market Kitchen

For a mouthwatering alternative to the Christmas turkey, try Michael Caines' succulent spiced duck with balsamic vegetables and apple sauce

Avg user rating: 3 out of 5 stars



intermediate

Total time
1 hr 30 min