Steve Drake has worked in some of Europe’s best kitchens: Chez Nico at Ninety Park Lane; the Oak Room with Marco Pierre White; Pied a Terre; Aubergine, as well as short stints at L’Arpège in Paris and L’Auberge de l’Eridan, Annecy.
He first rose to prominence in 2001 when he won the Roux Scholarship – widely considered the most prestigious, and technically challenging, competition in the UK – and continues to be closely involved with the Roux family and his fellow scholars to promote their aim of inspiring and enabling a new generation of British chefs.
Following his win, Steve went on to gain his first Michelin star at Drake’s on the Pond in Abinger Hammer. He then opened Drake’s in Ripley where he held a star for a further 14 years. He has been voted Surrey Life’s ‘Chef of the Year’ 2015 and 2016.
In 2013, Steve purchased The Anchor, also in Ripley, where his team have created a relaxed atmosphere for people to enjoy a simplified version of his food, alongside a great pint. The Anchor has 2 AA Rosettes, a Michelin Bib Gourmand and is the only Surrey pub to feature in the Good Pub Guide.
Steve left Drake’s at the end of summer 2016 to open Sorrel, a modern fine dining restaurant in the heart of the Surrey Hills. Inspired by simplicity, discovery and the ingredients themselves, Sorrel’s menus constantly evolve to follow and reflect the seasons. Within less than a year since opening in autumn 2017, Sorrel was awarded a Michelin star and named AA Restaurant of the Year 2018-2019.
Regularly featured in national and international press, Steve has consistently featured in the UK’s leading ‘Top 100’ lists including The Sunday Times, Restaurant Magazine, Square Meal. In 2019, Sorrel was a finalist in GQ’s prestigious Food & Drink Awards for ‘Best Restaurant’.