An Australian, Paul grew up in Sydney where he embarked on a four year apprenticeship, before taking his first job at Bogart Restaurant as Chef de Partie, later experiencing roles in various kitchens before being appointed to his first head chef role at Victoria Hotel in the Hunter Valley.
Moving to the UK in January 2000, Paul’s first UK role was as a Junior Sous Chef at the Lygon Arms Hotel, then undertaking stages at restaurants including with heroes Nico Ladenis at Chez Nico and John Burton Race, before taking roles working with Marco Pierre White and at Raffles ‘Browns Hotel’, Green Park.
Leading the kitchens at Amberley, Paul describes his style as classically trained, with modern and Asian twists. His dedicated approach to his menus, serving the freshest of ingredients, cooked in innovative and exciting ways, draws praise from guests, and has seen the kitchen awarded 3AA rosettes since 2018, placing it in the top 10% of all AA rated hotels across the UK to hold such an accolade.
Originally planning on staying in the UK for a year when he arrived in 2000, Paul fell in love with the food industry in the UK and then also met his wife, while working at Swisshotel London, and he has lived in the UK ever since. They now have four children, three boys and a girl, which keeps Paul very busy when he's away from Amberley Castle!