Head Chef Tristan Downes
Born in Yorkshire, York & Albany’s Head Chef Tristan got into cooking from six years old thanks to watching his late nan in the kitchen, and sometimes being given the cake batter bowl or dripping and bread! The taste, the smell, and the flavours from her kitchen meant he ‘was hooked from the beginning’.
Tristan’s first job in the culinary industry was as a kitchen porter in 2004, and he’s never looked back. Since then he’s been a commis for a celebrity chef in Knightsbridge, got his first Head Chef position at just 24 years old, has opened many restaurants all over London, and has been awarded a few accolades on the way!
His most memorable moments before York & Albany are working Mayfair 34 and working at Hawksmoor air street because they were such different worlds and great learning curves. Every step in his career, from high pressure, large cover environments to fine dining has all helped Tristan to become the chef he is today.
He is most passionate about the creativity and artistic side of cooking. Tristan likes to ‘imagine and think flavours, bring them together on a plate, with their layers, and textures’. He also enjoys the fact that no day is ever the same. ‘It’s a rollercoaster of a career - such a rewarding career for those who want it’.
Outside of work he spends his time with his wife and son, and his hobbies include working on new cooking techniques, drawing and painting. He’s also a fully trained professional tattoo artist.