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The English Wine Diaries episode 50 – Adam Smith and Jonathan Ellson

Dorchester Collection Coworth Park’s executive chef Adam Smith and director of food & beverage Jonathan Ellson

Joining me on today’s episode of The English Wine Diaries are Coworth Park’s executive chef, Adam Smith, and director of food & Beverage, Jonathan Ellson. 

Adam grew up in Birmingham, starting his culinary career as a pot wash at his local pub aged just 13. After joining The Ritz in 2004, he rose up the ranks and won numerous awards including the Roux Scholarship in 2012. Three years at The Devonshire Arms followed before Adam joined The Dorchester Collection’s only county house hotel, Coworth Park in 2016. The following year he was named Master of Culinary Arts – the UK’s highest culinary and hospitality honour.

Jonathan started his wine career at Majestic, where he undertook his WSET Diploma before joining Virginia Water-based independent wine retailer and restaurant, The Wine Circle. He began his journey at Coworth Park as head sommelier in 2015 and now oversees the entire food and beverage operation at the hotel alongside Adam and general manager Zoe Jenkins. 

Adam and Jonathan have worked closely together on the launch of Coworth Park’s latest restaurant concept, Woven by Adam Smith, which opened last September with an English-focused wine list and was recently awarded a Michelin star.

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