Head Chef Ted Ruewell

Ted Ruewell has spent the last 6 years carefully nurturing the kitchens at this beautiful country hotel and has won, amongst other awards, 2 coveted AA Rosettes and gold in the Taste of the West awards 2015.

In his spare time you will find him in his vegetable patch, out on the waves catching fresh local fish, harvesting apples for cider and even making his own cheese! This love of nature and fresh produce is reflected in his cooking style of creating fresh, simple, seasonal food.  Ted uses his green fingers to cultivate the kitchen garden at Buckland and brings in produce from his own orchards - his kitchen cider is very popular with his local suppliers!

His highlight last year was winning the ‘Battle of Eden’, where he competed against the other 8 award-winning Eden Hotel Collection head chefs. Over one hundred dinner guests voted for their favourite dish and Ted’s ‘seared scallops, artichoke puree, trumpet noir, anchovy beignet’ was the critics’ choice for its beautiful, clean flavour combinations.

This year the kitchens are concentrating on offering delicious, seasonal dishes at good value for money, as well as keeping in touch with the latest food trends with the launch of the ‘his and hers’ afternoon tea at Buckland. This imaginative mix and match spin on the traditional afternoon tea offers a glass of bubbly, scones, cakes and sandwiches for her, and a pint, pork pie, cheese and sandwiches for him!