Head Chef, Northcote
Head Chef Aled Williams joined Northcote in 2014. He is passionate about local produce and his experience has always been focused on the local 'larder' of ingredients. Aled won the Gordon Ramsay Scholarship in 2006 and went on to work for Ramsay in London and New York, before training with Heston Blumenthal at the Fat Duck. He represented Wales on BBC2's Great British Menu in 2010 and was the youngest chef to ever be crowned regional champion on the show.
Aled’s first taste of professional success came within the Michelin-starred kitchens of his native Wales, such as Plas Bodegroes and Ynyshir Hall. In 2006 he was awarded the Gordon Ramsay scholarship and offered the opportunity to travel the world and gain experience in some of the world’s most celebrated kitchens.
Aled spent a number of years gaining experience in celebrated restaurant across the world including Bathers’ Pavilion in Sydney and working in Gordon Ramsay restaurants in both the London and New York. Upon returning to the UK, he continued to challenge himself with roles in a number of Michelin-starred kitchens across England and Wales, including The Fat Duck with Heston Blumenthal.
He then fulfilled a career dream by opening his own restaurant, Cennin, on home turf on the Isle of Anglesey as well as deli-café and butchery business called Moo Baa Oinc before joining Nigel, Lisa, Craig Bancroft and team at Northcote in August 2014 as Senior Sous chef.
Soon, the spotlight of the small screen came knocking and Aled was privileged to represent his country on The Great British Menu in 2010 after being crowned regional champion – the youngest ever chef to achieve this at age 28. Since the show, Aled has continued to contribute to both S4C and Radio Cymru.