Born into a warm, hospitable family in Liverpool, John Campbell spent much of his childhood cooking with his Nan, Mary, who taught him the importance of quality ingredients and the joy of good, simple cooking. Today, when he’s not cooking or teaching classes at The Woodspeen he loves cooking at home with his own children.
John knew from an early age that he wanted to be a chef and spent his early career working in some of Europe’s best kitchens. In 1998 he achieved his first Michelin star in his first year at Lords of the Manor in Gloucestershire. In 2002 he moved to The Vineyard and in 2007 achieved two Michelin stars. It was during his time at The Vineyard that John fell in love with the Berkshire countryside, rekindling his passion for stalking, fishing and foraging. Roots firmly planted, he was delighted to find such an ideal spot for his new venture – The Woodspeen.
John’s recipes and articles have appeared in magazines and newspapers including The Sunday Times, The Observer Food Monthly, Food Arts, Caterer and Hotelkeeper. He demonstrates regularly at food festivals, has appeared on food shows in the UK and abroad, and is a regular guest chef on Saturday Kitchen and BBC Masterchef.
Alessandro and John worked together for many years before Alessandro headed off to the bright lights of London, and worked at Skylon in the Royal Festival Hall. We are very pleased to have him back with us in the country, his warm personality and welcoming nature is what The Woodspeen is all about.
Peter, joined John at the Vineyard from Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in 2005, and has worked with him as a Head Chef for over nine years. We are delighted to have him as the Head Chef of The Woodspeen, and know that the knowledge and skill he shows in the kitchen will be replicated in the great food served in our restaurant.