Steve Drake has worked in some of Europe’s best kitchens: Chez Nico at Ninety Park Lane; the Oak Room with Marco Pierre White; Pied a Terre; Aubergine, as well as short stints at L’Arpège in Paris and L’Auberge de l’Eridan, Annecy.
He first rose to prominence after winning the Roux Scholarship in 2001, widely considered the most prestigious, and technically challenging, competition in the UK. Steve continues to be closely involved with the Roux family and his fellow scholars to promote their aim of inspiring and enabling a new generation of British chefs.
Following his win in 2001, Steve went on to gain his first Michelin star at Drake’s on the Pond in Abinger Hammer. He then opened Drake’s in Ripley where he held a star for a further 14 years. In 2013, Steve purchased his local The Anchor in Ripley with the aim of creating a great pub he’d want to eat and drink in.
Steve left Drake's at the end of summer 2016 to open a new modern fine dining restaurant, Sorrel, in the heart of the Surrey Hills. Inspired by simplicity, discovery and the ingredients themselves, Sorrel’s menus constantly evolve to follow and reflect the seasons.
In 2018, less than a year after opening, Sorrel received a Michelin Star and was named the AA’s Restaurant of the Year.