Stoke Park

Stoke Park’s Executive Chef Chris Wheeler celebrates a magnificent year as he is crowned Hotel Chef of the Year at the Hotel Cateys 2016!

Press release   •   Nov 29, 2016 09:57 GMT

Stoke Park, the luxury 5 AA Red Star Country Club, Spa and Hotel, is delighted to announce its Executive Chef, Chris Wheeler, has been awarded the Hotel Chef of the Year ( over 250 covers) award at the prestigious Hotel Cateys 2016!

Considered the Oscars of the Hotel Industry, the Hotel Cateys were held on Friday 25th November at a glittering ceremony at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, hosted by actress and impressionist, Debra Stephenson.

The Caterer's, Hotel Cateys are now in their tenth year, and each year's awards have been bigger and better than the last.

Since their launch in 2007, the Hotel Cateys have celebrated the most successful hotels, hoteliers and hotel employees across the UK. They were created to recognise and reward those individuals and teams that work tirelessly to make sure their business delivers an exceptional guest experience, day in, day out.

This wonderful award crowns a magnificent year for Chris, who in October also won the ‘Chef of the Year’ award at the Berkshire and Buckinghamshire Life Food and Drink Awards 2016 and made his debut on BBC 2’s Great British Menu.

‘We are absolutely thrilled Chris has won this award’, commented Giammario Ragnoli, General Manager at Stoke Park. ‘For 13 years Chris has been wowing our guests with his exquisite cuisine and fabulous personality. Thanks to Chris, Humphry’s, our fine dining restaurant holds 3 AA Rosettes, and Chris’s ability to create outstanding dishes for large scale functions such as our annual The Boodles tennis, has been greatly admired. Chris’s work outside of Stoke Park has been amazing, from working closely with East Berkshire College to encourage students to enter into the world of catering, to cooking up a storm on stage at both the Thame Food Festival and Taste of London, to supporting local food producers as well as raising huge amounts of money for charity. To win the Hotel Catey, which is judged by industry peers and experts, all of whom recognised Chris’s incredible work at Stoke Park and ambassadorship for the industry, is a huge honour and we are all extremely proud of him.’

Stoke Park, Europe's leading Five Red Star Hotel, Spa and Country Club, is set among 300 acres of glorious parkland, lakes, historic gardens and monuments created over the past one thousands years. 

Stoke Park is the perfect place to enjoy life in a friendly atmosphere. It provides a unique combination of the traditions of an exclusive members' club and the best of today's sporting, leisure, entertaining and hotel facilities, in one of the most convenient locations in Britain: only 35 minutes from London and 7 miles from London Heathrow. 

  • 5 AA Red Star Hotel with 49 luxury Bedrooms and Suites - all with superb Marble Bathrooms 
  • 3 Restaurants, Bars and Lounges (Humphry's, 3 AA Rosettes) 
  • 27 hole Championship Golf Course, designed by Harry Colt in 1908 
  • Recently refurbished 4,000 square foot gymnasium, newly fitted state-of-the-art Star Trac equipment, latest Boditrax technology and The Running Unlimited Immersive Pod. 
  • Spinning, Hot Yoga and Fitness Studios, holding over 50 studio classes a week 
  • Beauty Spa and Nail Bar with 11 Treatment Rooms 
  • Indoor Swimming Pool with Hydro-Seats 
  • 13 Tennis Courts (six grass, three indoor and four floodlit artificial clay)
  • Creche, Games Room and Outdoor Playground 
  • 9 Private Function Rooms for Entertaining and Conferences 
  • Indoor Teaching Facilities for Golf and Tennis