Fernhill House has appointed a chef with a passion for home grown organic produce and a national TV appearance under his belt to run its dining room and bistro. 

Chris Williams, who has worked with Heston Blumenthal and Marco Pierre White,  is looking forward to cooking for and growing vegetables with residents at Fernhill House in Fernhill Heath. He appeared on MasterChef when he was working at an organic café he set up a few years ago at Stourbridge College, which provided work placements for young adults with autism and learning difficulties. 

He was, until recently, community chef at the award winning Big Lottery funded growing and cooking project, Kingstanding Food Community in Birmingham, is raring to get his teeth into the new project – and already has plans to build a pizza oven within Fernhill House’s two acre grounds. He will also grow his own veg – inviting residents to help if they wish – and will be asking local schools to get involved. Chris’ cooking prowess matches his community credentials. 

He has been head chef and executive chef at a number of prestigious hotels, winning AA rosettes and culinary accolades aplenty over the course of his 25 year career. Chris said: “My work in Kingstanding was incredibly satisfying. I worked with families and local organisations, teaching growing and cooking skills and we used our own, home grown seasonal produce as much as possible. I enjoyed making a difference to the community by being able to inspire, enable  and motivate local people to eat more healthily. 

“Food is such a vital part of wellbeing. I want the residents at Fernhill House to tell me the kind of meals they enjoy.  Families and friends are welcome to join whenever they wish – every day if they like – at no extra cost, so eating at Fernhill is a genuine community experience and I can’t wait to start cooking.”