Neil Roster

Head Chef

Wisley is a great place to work for many reasons – working with fresh produce from the garden, knowing the other local suppliers and that what they deliver is the best

I am Head Chef at Taste of Wisley and have been involved in the kitchens here one way or another for six years. At the moment I oversee a core team of 13 chefs, which increases to 25 in the busy summer season. I started in professional kitchens when I was just 13 years old, working as a part-time kitchen porter in a large hotel in Shrewsbury and by 14 years old I was making the starters. I enjoyed cooking so much I dropped my ambition to become a vet and since then I’ve worked in small restaurants, country house hotels, posh gastropubs, on cruise ships, ski resorts, film shoots and even in Antarctica, on a research station 700km from the South Pole.
 
Wisley is a great place to work for many reasons – working with fresh produce from the garden, knowing the other local suppliers and that what they deliver is the best. Every day is different. We chefs love a challenge and as we never know for certain whether 100 or 10,000 people will come through the gates, Wisley is definitely that! Then there is the joy of being able to walk through the garden early in the morning and know it is your place of work – nothing quite like it on a crisp winter’s day!

Neil's posts and conversations

  • Rhubarb rhubarb

    From pickles to cocktails and beyond... there's far more to rhubarb than a humble crumble

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  • Fresh beets of autumn

    A lot of people still think beetroot is a terrible vegetable that their mum force-fed them in s

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  • Grow your own lemonade

    When life gives you lemons make lemonade, however there are lots of other delicious fruits s

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  • Strawberry celebrations

    It's berry time - and our Head Chef has some delicious creations and cunning tips up his sl

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  • Seasonal tips from the kitchen

    Turn pumpkins into tasty treats and be inspired for Christmas with ideas from the garden

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  • Autumnal ap-peel

    Wisley’s apple harvest is under way so there's a lot of peeling going on to mak

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  • Simple summer pleasures – the Berry Fest of summer fruits

    Don’t mess with the best. It’s Berry Fest! The kitchens at RHS Garden Wisley are al

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  • Flower (Flour) Fest

    Taste of Wisley Flower (Flour) Fest begins Bank Holiday Monday next week - plus an exclusive co

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  • Sweet heat for your sweetheart

    I’m beginning to think there’s nothing you can’t do with rhubarb, the vegetab

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  • A wintry Taste of Wisley

    As the days shorten, the culinary wizards at RHS Garden Wisley get ever more creative

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