Meet Executive Chef, James Durrant


James has over 20 years working in the hospitality industry. Originally from Chester, Durrant spent his early career working around Cheshire before moving to London to join the 3 Michelin star Restaurant Gordon Ramsay. After nearly 3 years of working in this high-pressure kitchen James moved on, spending a short time at Michelin starred Juniper in Altrincham, subsequently returning to London to again join Gordon for two years as Sous Chef at Claridge’s.

In 2005 Durrant took on the role of Head Chef at Maze working alongside Jason Atherton. The restaurant won numerous awards, including a Michelin star during its first year of operation, when James won the prestigious Caterer & Hotelkeeper Acorn award for young achievers. In 2008 he became Executive Chef and helped launch the first international branch of Maze in New York, as well as Maze Grill in London.

In 2010 James left Maze to pursue his ambition of opening his own restaurant, temporarily working as a Private Chef for the Rothschild family, and launch The Plough Inn in Longparish, Hampshire in 2012.

That same year, the pub won The Good Food Guide ‘UK Pub of the Year’ along with a Michelin Bib Gourmand and two AA rosettes. In 2014, James appeared on BBC2 Great British Menu, winning the main course, going on to cook at the banquet in St Paul’s Cathedral for 60 D-Day veterans to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.
In 2015 James was given the role of Hampshire’s ambassador for food tourism promoting the counties fantastic restaurants and food producers.

Durrant has now joined The Stafford with over 20 years working at the highest level within the hospitality industry, and with his wealth of experience will relaunch the hotel’s restaurant, and help take the hotel to the next level of culinary excellence.