After a previous career as a successful rock musician, Graham’s defection to cooking may be music’s loss but it is the food world’s gain.
He has worked for both Nico Ladenis and Richard Corrigan, as head chef of multiple restaurants. He has cooked for government and royalty, having been fortunate enough to cook at both 10 Downing Street, and also to cater a private dinner for the Her Majesty, the Queen of England.
The Garrett’s bought The West House in 2002, to create their own dining room, and allow Graham to pursue his own vision.
Graham’s food has gained the restaurant multiple awards. They have held a Michelin star since 2004, are featured in Harden’s top restaurants list in the UK, and hold 3 AA Rosettes. Graham has been awarded Best Chef in Kent in the Kent Life Awards. The West House is featured in the 2014 book ‘1001 Restaurants to Experience Before You Die’ (Cassell) and all other major guidebooks.
Graham’s reputation has afforded him many media opportunities, including among them prestigious television show Great British Menu and Ramsay’s Best Restaurant. However he is most likely to be found in his kitchen, creating wonderful food.
Graham’s partner in life and work, Jackie runs the front of house with charm and experience. The dining room and the service are intentionally informal and unobtrusive, with a view to making a very relaxed but happy diner!
Jackie and Graham’s son Jake joins his mother front of house. Having grown up within the business his attention to detail is a real asset. The aim is to provide first class service combined with a proper family welcome at The West House.
Head chef Tony is a recent addition to Graham’s Kitchen. He understands and assists the creation of Graham’s cooking, and is a true talent in his own right.