Sat Bains

‘The region's Michelin star’

Sat Bains was born in Derby and moved to Nottingham at 21. He has learnt and practised his skills throughout the East Midlands and has earned his status as, arguably, its top chef.

As well as becoming our 1999 Scholar, his awards include:

2003 - Michelin Star

2003 - Winner of the restaurant Remy Martin “Remy”

2006 - 4 AA rosettes and Restaurant of the Year for England AA Restaurant Guide

2007 - 7/10 in the Which Good Food Guide - the highest rated in Nottingham

2007  - BMW Square Meal – Best UK Restaurant of the Year

2007 - Winner on the BBC Great British Menu

2008  - Observer Food Monthly Best Restaurant

2009 - Winner of Champagne Jacquart Rising Stars Trophy

2009 - Winner of 5 Rosettes in the 2009-2010 AA Hospitality Awards. His Nottingham restaurant is one of only seven restaurants in the UK to achieve this accolade.

Career summary –

“I left school at 16, but hadn’t a clue what to do next. It was only after realising that taking a cookery course would help me meet lots of girls that I enrolled at the Wilmorton College in Derby. Finally though, I became more passionate about the food - that’s when I knew I definitely wanted to do this for a career. Winning the Roux Scholarship was like great chefs giving you the key to a door, but then it is up to you to kick the door down.”

After passing his City and Guilds, Sat received his big break when he became part of the team helping to open the first of Raymond Blanc’s brassieres, Le Petit Blanc in Oxford in 1996. A spell at L’Escargot followed shortly afterwards. On his return to Nottingham, Sat took the Head Chef position at the Martins Arms in Colston Basset. He was then approached by the owners of The Ashbourne Gallery in Derbyshire who wanted him to create a unique dining experience alongside serious works of art.

Being the 1999 Roux Scholar won Sat the chance to work at the three Michelin-starred restaurant Le Jardin de Sens in the south of France. On his return he secured the head chef position at the Hotel des Clos in Nottingham. Hotel des Clos was re-launched and renamed Restaurant Sat Bains at Hotel des Clos in November 2002. By January 2003 he had gained Nottingham’s first ever Michelin star.

Together with his wife Amanda, Sat took over the venture in May 2005 and re-branded it Restaurant Sat Bains with Rooms.

Offering eight beautifully designed bedrooms, Restaurant Sat Bains with Rooms is one of the few establishments in the UK to have gained a reputation as a true destination restaurant. Sat’s philosophy of leading his diners on a gastronomic journey through Taste, Texture and Temperature have inspired one of the UK’s most dynamic and intelligent menus.

“ One of our driving passions at the restaurant is to give our guests something quite unique”


1999: Sat Bains

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