the frenchman & the farmers daughters - our story
Our story begins in two places - the town of Agen in the southwest of France and New Barns Farm, in Shropshire.
Throughout it all there is a true love of food and the pleasure it can bring - and what can be achieved with passion, determination and team work.
Stéphane grew up in Agen, Lot et Garonne. He was surrounded by family who respected and loved food - from his Perigourdin Grand Father Marcel's potager to his Aunties Jacqueline, Evelyne and Danielle's refined culinary skills.
A severe kitchen apprenticeship in his hometown was followed by an invaluable experience in Bordeaux at La Tupina. This was perfect preparation for a once in a lifetime opportunity to work for Michel Roux Snr at The Waterside in Bray. Seven years in this 3 Michelin Star kitchen shaped and honed Stéphane's skills and made him the confident and exacting chef he is today.
Today this Frenchman is absolutely settled in Montgomery - he and Sarah have three children - Lexie, Roxanne and Fabien - all of whom share their parents' passion for food!
Sarah has always loved food and a career in hospitality was inevitable as she finished her a'levels and set off to Blackpool & Fylde College, to study for a Higher National Diploma in hotel management.
Responsible today for most of the desserts at the Checkers, her passion for creating sweet things really blossomed as the Pastry Commis chef at Rampsbeck Country House Hotel in the Lake District and then at the Close Hotel in Tetbury. Gravetye Manor was her first experience of a Michelin star kitchen - which led her to The Waterside Inn kitchen.
After The Waterside Sarah established a successful freelance business cooking for private clients across the UK, Europe & America.
Sarah's sister Kathryn is the final part of the trio. She began her professional life earning a nursing degree in Sheffield and worked at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital until 2007.
Having long loved people, food and hospitality Kathryn joined Sarah and Stephane to establish their first business in 2008 - hence The Frenchman and the Farmers daughters.
Kathryn over sees front of house with Sarah and the admin side of the business. Together they strive for a dining experience that is both professional and relaxed.
With her partner Neil, Kathryn has a daughter Emelia Seren and a son, Joseph.