About Steven

Steven is a British Chef, who is best known for winning the 6th series of MasterChef: The Professionals in 2013 becoming one of the youngest ever winners of the competition at the age of 26. Double Michelin starred chef Michel Roux Jnr. commented: "His food is lovely. He makes food that is great to eat, expertly cooked, presented with a certain elegance, clean lines, and it works — fault-free."

Previous to MasterChef Steven trained with some of the country’s leading chefs including Raymond Blanc, Andrew McNaughton & Chris Wheeler before moving to Horsham in 2008 joining the brigade at South Lodge Hotel - a five star country house hotel in the heart of Sussex.

Starting off as a Chef de Partie, in the newly built Pass Restaurant under the guidance of renowned Michelin starred chef Matt Gillan. He moved his way up to Sous chef before becoming Head Chef of the hotels second restaurant the Camellia at just 25 years old. In this time he also won Sussex Young Chef of the Year in 2010.

After 6 years at South Lodge, Steven left to set up his own company called 'etch.' offering diners a chance to experience Steven's food either at their home or at one of his pop ups held in hotels & venues across the country. Most notably at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, Nyetimber Vineyard in West Sussex, The Corn Exchange in Leeds & The Latymer Restaurant in Surrey.

At the end of 2016 Steven found a permanent location for him to showcase his style. Located at 216 Church Road in Brighton & Hove etch. is a 12-table British tasting menu only restaurant. Previously a bank the restaurant has a contemporary look with views of an open kitchen & bar, dark blue walls & modern art.

Open from Wednesday to Saturday for dinner and Thursday to Saturday lunch etch. offers a choice five, seven or nine course monthly changing menus. Dishes are ingredient led and utilise quality produce from in and around the surrounding Sussex countryside.

etch. has quickly established it’s self as one of the leading restaurants on the South Coast and has received praise from diners and critics alike. Steven & etch. have won the following accolades;

2017 Restaurant Magazine Chef to Watch Runner Up

2018 Sussex Food & Drink Awards Best Newcomer

2017-2019 Michelin Plate

2017-2019 5 Good Food Guide

2019 3 AA Rosettes

2019 Brighton Food & Drink Awards Best Restaurant in Brighton

2019 BRAVO Award Best Restaurant in Brighton

2019 GQ Food & Drink Awards Best Breakthrough Runner Up

2019 Restaurant Magazine UK Top 100 Restaurants

2019 Sussex Food & Drink Awards Best Dining Experience Runner Up