My name is Kuba Winkowski, I am the head chef at KUBARN in the Cotswold and National Chef of the Year 2019.
I enjoyed cooking for as long as long as I can remember. I grew up in Poland where the restaurant scene and eating out culture hardly existed, a career as a chef was not highly regarded and did not give many perspectives – cooking was thought of only as a hobby.
I came to the UK to learn how to cook professionally, first at The Thanet College in Kent, then at Broadstairs in Kent.
I won cooking competitions in two countries, did stages at Le Gavroche, Rhodes 24, Buckingham Palace and The British Embassy in Paris. My first full time job as a Commis Chef in Le Manoir aux quat’ Saison under Raymond Blanc and Gary Jones.
In February 2010, I joined the Timmers as Sous Chef, becoming head chef two years later. In his first year running the kitchen, I was awarded 3 AA Rosettes. And several times I appeared on Saturday Kitchen on BBC2, Saturday Morning with James Martin on ITV.