Chris Eden

Chris Eden

Driftwood Hotel, Portscatho

Chris Eden’s passion for food and desire to be a chef started at the tender age of 11 years when he cooked his first lasagne with his mum.

He enrolled at the St Austell Catering College at 17 years and there was no going back. He joined ‘Pennypots’, the first Michelin Star restaurant in Cornwall as a Commis Chef, under Kevin Viner who then encouraged him to gain some experience in London. Chris joined ‘The Lanesborough’ under Paul Gayler as a Commis; graduating to Senior Chef de Partie at ‘The Orrery’ and ‘The Square’ under the guidance of Chris Galvin and Phil Howard respectively, who both had a huge influence on him. London, for Chris, was always going to be a temporary period in his life as his heart was always in Cornwall with his family.

He returned to Cornwall and joined Driftwood in Portscatho as Head Chef in September 2007; achieving 3 AA Rosettes and his first Michelin Star in 2012.

Chris has always cooked very much from the heart; his food reflecting his upbringing and family influences. He is obsessive about sourcing the best produce that Cornwall has to offer, working with suppliers to ensure only the finest quality ingredients make it on to the plate.