Our People - Carl Hickinbottom

Carl Hickinbottom – Executive Chef, Drayton Manor Park

I am the executive chef at Drayton Manor Park where I am responsible for the food at the 150 bedroom Drayton Manor Hotel which has 2 restaurants and a lounge bar, 7 hospitality function suites and meeting rooms as well as the 250 seater Grill restaurant in the Park.  I have 16 years of catering experience, working in four-star hotels, restaurants, sports stadiums and contract catering for Compass, where I spent five years as head chef at the Lloyds Banking Group residential training centre.

In my time at Lloyds I assisted the account executive chef with menu and product development, presentation and catering services for the other 85 sites in the contract as well as training and developing young talent in the business. I have brought that ethos to Drayton Manor Park and have helped multiple kitchen porters, waiting staff and school leavers through their NVQs to become accomplished chefs some of which are still here and others that have gone onto greater things.

Working in partnership with Interstate Hotels & Resorts gives our teams great opportunities to grow their careers not only at Drayton Manor Park but also throughout the other Interstate managed properties. One of my current chefs, Kieran McWright, started at Drayton Manor Park as a Kitchen Porter and has developed through the organisation to a Chef de Partie.

Drayton Manor Park & Interstate together are great companies to work for giving the support to up and coming chefs to develop their talent as well as offering a host of additional benefits for example reduced rate hotel stays across the UK, 50% off food and beverage, continuous training and development to name a few.