A head chef who started his own catering business during lockdown joined forces with a wine bar to launch a new gourmet dining experience in a Staffordshire town.
Gavin Evans – who is know by the company brand of Gavin the Chef – teamed up with Lesa Le Monnier, owner of Sancerre in Eccleshall, for three pop-up restaurant nights.
Now Gavin is looking to stage even more sell-out events in 2022.
He said: “Sancerre is a little gem of a venue and when Lesa approached me about creating pop up dining experiences, I leapt at the chance. It’s gone extremely well and we’ve quickly developed a loyal customer base.
“I’ve loved the experience of working in my home county and providing diners with a special experience.”
Gavin, who lives in Cheadle, Staffordshire, has more than 25 years experience in the industry and has taken on prestigious roles, including head chef for the Formula One British Grand Prix and RHS at Hampton Court, and relief head chef at a Rugby Union World Cup and with the England cricket team.
He launched ‘Gavin the Chef’ during lockdown to bringing fine dining into customers’ homes across Staffordshire and beyond.
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Lesa, who bought a cafe on Eccleshall High Street in 2019 and transformed it into the Sancerre Wine Bar – named after Eccleshall’s twin town in France, said: “The pop up dining experiences have been a real success so far and we’ll be looking to continue them into the future.
“Gavin is a fabulous chef and has created sumptuous menus that provide a themed dining experience for around 30 covers each time.
“It’s a level of fine dining that we think isn’t normally found outside the large towns and cities and the feedback has been fantastic.”