Young star chef Oli Hyde, who has worked at Michel Roux and Gordon Ramsey restaurants, returns to first home in aid of Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind

A chef who has been trained by and worked with some of the top chefs in the world is coming home to Norfolk, and raising money for a local charity.

Twenty-two-year-old Coltishall born and bred Oli Hyde has spent the last four years in Bray in Berkshire and London working in Michelin star restaurants.

During that time he received training from and worked under the Roux family, including TV's Masterchef judge and two star chef Michel Roux, at three star The Waterside Inn at Bray and worked for Gordon Ramsey's London restaurant, Royal Hospital Road, also three star.

But now the young leading light in the chef whites is returning to the place where it all began, to work alongside the man who inspired him to do what he does best.

For Mr Hyde will be seen at the King's Head inn at Coltishall, on Wroxham Road, this month, working alongside owner and head chef and his first ever boss, Kevin Gardner, who owns the inn along with wife Sue.


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On January 30 the pair will be cooking dinner at the King's Head three star style as a charity fundraiser for the Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind (NNAB).

Tables for this one off event will be charged at a special rate and all proceeds will go to the charity.

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My Hyde, who went to Broadland High School as a boy, said: 'Kevin inspired me when I was only 14 years old at the King's Head where I prepped veg and washed pots. He was an inspirational mentor.

'It is nice to be back, brings back a few memories.'

My Hyde will be at the inn until the end of January, when he is starting his around the world culinary journey, visiting numerous countries to taste and learn about the food and the skills behind it.

But before that he will be doing his bit for the charity - which helps thousands of blind people every year - which has been chosen as the charity for 2012 by the Norwich Inn Keepers Association, of which Mr Gardner, who has run the King's Head for 16 years, is a member.

Mr Gardner, who worked under Oli's father Chris when he first started, and worked with Abert Roux at Hamley Manor in Hertfordshire, said: 'It is great to see how well Oli has progressed, from a young lad to high quality chef.

'You can tell from talking to Oli that diners are in for a very special evening of food.

'The NNAB is a bit of an unsung hero as well, so the evening is a rare opportunity to eat local produce, Michelin star standard, at a reasonable price, while benefiting a worthy cause.'

Tables at this event will cost �65 per head.

*To book a table call 01508 571224 or 01603 737426.

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