Chef, Writer, and Teacher in Worcester, United Kingdom
For more than 39 years, Kevin Ashton has been cooking around the world for the rich and famous. Originally from the UK, Kevin decided to combine his passion for cooking with his desire to travel and see more of the world.
His first taste of working in a foreign country was in Amsterdam, Holland, at the 5 Star Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky. After working there for several years, he decided to move and work in America, which he did in two stints between 1980 and 1994.
Most of Kevin's time in the USA was spent working at top hotels like the Hay Adams and The Jefferson.
Amongst the long list of VIP’s Kevin has cooked for is Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, President Bush (senior), President Reagan, President Nixon, Vice-President Mondale, Senator Edward Kennedy, Ethel Kennedy, Alexander Haig, Admiral Crowe, Michelle Pfeiffer, Paul Newman, Linda Carter, Omar Sheriff, Larry King.
Between Kevin's first and second stint in the USA, he worked for several years on the island of Bermuda where he was Executive Head Chef of The Armoury in the capital.
Kevin also enjoys performing cooking demonstrations on both sides of the Atlantic, sharing his passion for food with enthusiastic audiences including the International Food & Wine Festival in Washington DC, and BBC's Good Food Show at the N.E.C in the UK. Often cooking in front of large audiences Kevin enjoys the challenge that a live show can bring.
His writing career began with an invitation from the Birmingham Sunday Mercury to write a weekly recipe column, which he did for over 5 years. Since then Kevin’s recipes, food articles and reviews have appeared in UK and US newspapers and magazines including Sunday Express (UK), Chicago Sun-Times, Reuters, Yes Chef magazine(UK), Sunday Mercury, Chef Magazine (US) Hotline and My Time magazine and the Baltic Times (online).
Kevin has also judged for The Guild of Food Writers and for international culinary competitions in Spain and the UK, including The World Steak Challenge and The Academy of Chocolate Awards.
Kevin also pens a popular food blog called Chef Kevin Ashton, which had 643,753 visitors (1,853,793 views) in 2020 and has received over 8,592,395 hits since its launch in April 2015.
Below is a sample interview by a New York radio station.