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J. P. Bidart

J.P. Bidart learnt how to cook from an early age, surrounded by a large family of enthusiastic cooks, all willing to pass on their knowledge.Inspired by the great Bernard L’Oiseau, J.P. trained in Paris at the Centre Formation d’Apprentissage at Evry and his first job was as a Commis Chef at Aux Armes de France, an award-winning restaurant in Coreilles, France. He has also worked at triple-Michelin starred Le Saint Clement in Paris.

Since arriving in Britain he was awarded two rosettes during his time at Buckland Touts-Saints Country Hotel and has built up a growing reputation as one of Devon’s finest chefs.

J.P. has now put the Millbrook Inn in South Pool on the map for food. He has gained nationwide recognition with the Millbrook winning Silver in the Best Tourism Pub category at the prestigious South West Tourism Awards 2015, Devon Food and Drink Best Restaurant 2014, Gold Award in Taste of the West's Best Dining Pub category 2013, won both Kitchen Team and Pub Chef of the Year at the Morning Advertiser’s Great British Pub Food Awards in 2011, Restaurant Pub Chef Of The Year in both 2010 and 2012, has led his kitchen team to win the Gastro Pub Challenge at The Restaurant Show 2010.

The Guardian listed the Millbrook Inn within their 10 best places to eat in Devon and Dorset in 2010, whilst J.P.’s flair has ensured the Millbrook Inn is again in the Waitrose Good Food Guide 2015. "From the locally brewed ale to the spot-on service, standards are high in this old-fashioned village pub. Ingredients are well-sourced, seasonal and cooked with honesty and enthusiasm. A proper village local with top-notch food."

As well as cooking live at International Food Festivals J.P. can be found cooking with the very best produce on offer in Devon at local Food Festivals too adding of course his own “Gallic twist”.