Before my 20 years of experience within the catering and hospitality industry, I grew up and was trained as chef in Cornwall. I worked in many kitchens in the South West of England before quickly moving up the ranks, which lead me to the the top kitchens of London.


I then cooked with the celebrated chef Simon Hopkinson of Bibendum restaurant in Chelsea. After a few years in London I returned to the West Country to join in several Michelin starred kitchens, including the famous two Michelin starred Lettonie in Bath. Since then I have headed the kitchens of several acclaimed restaurants, 5 star hotels and gastronomic dining pubs.

Chateau Varennes, France

During my time as head chef, I earned a place in the prestigious Michelin Red Guide for 10 years, achieved a Bib Gourmand in 2011, and also featured in many food publications and national press.

My next path was to teach at the Samsung Private Cookery School, where I designed bespoke team building cookery classes and competitions for blue chip companies such as Boeing, Nokia, Sony and KPMG.

Few years later, I was headhunted to run a bistronomic hotel in Chamonix and this is where I started my French journey. For over 2 years, I have worked in the luxurious private chalets of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc and Megève, bringing tailor-made menus to the clients. For the last two summers, I have been the exclusive chef of Château de Varennes, a high-end boutique hotel in the heart of Burgundy.

My Cuisine

Modern European with few International inspirations, focusing on regional traditional cookery from the best local and strictly seasonal produces. I believe in serving hearty food and balanced dishes but elegantly presented.

Career Achievements & Highlights

I have cooked for:

  • The Queens 80th birthday
  • The late Lady Diana
  • The late Marlon Brando
  • Tom Cruise


  • Bristol Chef of the Year
  • Featured in Diana Henry's Top Gastronomic Dining Pub Publication
  • Bib Gourmand Winner
  • Good Food Guide Listed
  • AA Rossette
  • Trenchmans Top 150 Restaurant Guide

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Nathan Muir

About Nathan Muir, Private Chef

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