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Ben Orpwood

Executive Head Chef Ben Orpwood

Ben began his career at Queens College Cambridge, under Hans Schwietzer. Whilst growing up, Gordon Ramsay was the chef of his generation who everyone looked up to, including Ben. Personal influences in Ben’s career were Colin Clague & Tim Hughes, both mentors who have shaped Ben into who he is today, in terms of character, cooking, and respect for ingredients. 

Ben’s biggest culinary passion is thinking about the whole package and believes you have to break any dish down into sections. For Ben the very best ingredients are special and very important when making a dish so simple but so good, like Tomato & Tofu Cream. His team is what makes him come back day after day, including some of the amazing apprentices we currently have at the group.

Key milestones in Ben’s career include when he moved to London aged 19, his first opening of Zuma in Istanbul, and meeting his wife at Zuma in Dubai.

The opening of Sexy Fish was a huge accomplishment for Ben, but the opportunity to work for Gordon Ramsay Group with its amazing history has been a major milestone in Ben’s career to date. 

Alex Thiebaut

Head Chef Alex Thiebaut

Starting his career as an apprentice in a 1 Michelin star restaurant in his home town of Sierentz, France, Alex’s father was a big part of his food influence and often they would cook together at home practicing the dishes that Alex had to cook for his university apprenticeship. These were Alex’s first steps along his journey as a chef.

Alex’s biggest passion is food and travel, and he enjoys searching for new food influences and cultures wherever he goes. Some of his most memorable adventures took him to Mumbai, India - an incredible culinary experience. His passion for food also extends to food photography. 

A key milestone in Alex’s career was his opportunity to move to Florida. This was the first time he had left home, and it also led to the opportunity to be a part of the opening team of The Ritz Carlton Powers Court Garden in Ireland, his first experience in a Gordon Ramsay Restaurant.  

Alex joined Maze Mayfair in 2010 as a Junior Sous Chef until December 2016, where he first held the Head Chef position. Alex returned to Maze as Head Chef in January 2018.

Bar Manager Kevin Knee

Kevin, the Bars Manager at maze and maze Grill Mayfair, was perhaps always destined to do the job that he does, after being the one to make all the drinks at family parties (even at a young age!) Growing up in Frome, Somerset, and then studying at University College Birmingham, Kevin’s first foray into his career was aged 15 pulling pints at a local pub.

Some of the most memorable positions that he’s held to date are as Bar Manager of Meza (100 Wardour street), Bar Manger of Purple bar in the Sanderson Hotel, and Bar Manager at The Ivy Soho Brasserie. He also created the drinks menu for Harrys Dolce vita, and of course is now Bar Manager of maze and maze Grill Mayfair.

Kevin’s inspiration comes from his Dad, and says that the thing he is most passionate about is making people happy. Kevin loves getting creative with drinks and ensuring that every drink served in his bar makes memories for the guest who drinks it. His motto is ‘service before self’.

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