award-winning chef and top bloke.
Chris Eden’s passion for food and wanting 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’ respectively, under the guidance of Chris Galvin and Phil Howard 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 on the Roseland Peninsula, as Head Chef in September 2007; achieving 3 AA Rosettes and his first Michelin Star in 2012. 2018 saw Chris retain his Michelin Star status and attain another AA Rosette – one of only 3 restaurants in Cornwall that hold 4 AA Rosettes.
Part of the allure of the Driftwood for Chris was...
The opportunity to cook from the heart and be true to himself; his food reflects 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.
Chris is married to the lovely Sam, an accomplished pastry chef in her own right; they have two children; Lucas and Joshua and live in St Austell.
All the ingredients for a memorable dining experience, you just need to choose who to share it with. View our sample menu for a soupçon of what’s on offer.
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If you need a reason to return, take a look at our 2019 wine list.