Chris and Sarah are very proud of the success of Chez Dominique since it opened in September 2016. The restaurant is named after their first child Dominic, who was born in 2013.
Along with their management team; Head Chef Sam Lewis, Restaurant Manager Julien Cade and Restaurant Supervisor Jason Lynch, Chris and Sarah bring extensive experience from the catering industry. The hard work and dedication from all the Chez Dominique team, that have become like a family, has helped the restaurant earn several accolades along the way including:
The Good Food Guide 2018, 2019, 2020
2017 Bath Good Food Awards ‘Best French’ ‘Best Steak’
OpenTable Diners Choice Award 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Western Daily Press review by Mark Taylor
Mail on Sunday review by Tom Parker Bowles
After a rural Cambridgeshire upbringing in a family with a tradition of growing and cooking fresh food, Chris started his culinary career at the Three Horseshoes in Madingley, a well renowned and innovative restaurant on the outskirts of Cambridge, where he developed a passion for creating beautiful plates from the finest local ingredients.
He then decided to continue his training at Bibendum, the famous London restaurant in the beautiful iconic Michelin building, founded by Simon Hopkinson. Under the guidance of Head Chef Matthew Harris, Chris learnt the skills to create impeccable classic French and British cuisine in a very busy, high quality establishment. He moved very quickly through the ranks gaining an extensive knowledge and understanding of ingredients, skills, dishes and menus.
Having reached the position of Sous Chef, Chris moved onto help his friend and mentor from Bibendum, Jamie Younger establish The Palmerston in Dulwich, an award winning London restaurant with an excellent reputation.
Chris’ first Head Chef role followed at the Old Bridge hotel in Huntingdon, a fine country house hotel owned by Master of Wines John Hoskins, a tutor in the importance of wine with food and the mechanics of delivering a quality restaurant where excellent customer service was always a top priority. This is where Chris met Sarah, who at the time was working as Reception Manager.
Sarah started waitressing at a top Cambridge hotel whist studying Travel and Tourism at college and continued to work in the hospitality industry undertaking many different roles for the next 11 years. She then moved into the corporate world, enjoying various positions with facilities teams, including event management and health and safety, until she took a career break to have their second child Gabriella in 2015.
Moving to the South West to bring up their family Chris and Sarah rediscovered the city of Bath. They decided this beautiful cosmopolitan city with many similarities to their home town of Cambridge was where they’d like to open their own family business to provide the outstanding food, wines and customer service so important to them.
The whole team at Chez Dominique very much look forward to welcoming you soon, to experience great food and drink in a relaxed and friendly environment.