MACA Guest Chef
3 complex yet classic dishes from the head chef at the Pem.
MACA Guest Chef
Sally came to London in 2007 at the age of 20 to undertake a year placement at The Savoy as part of her degree course – and never left! Sally fell in love with the kitchen and she remained in London, joining Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s later that year.
"I’d rather have three incredible ingredients on a plate than 10 superfluous things. I want to make food that makes people happy and makes people full.”
Sally came to London in 2007 at the age of 20 to undertake a year placement at The Savoy as part of her degree course – and never left! Sally fell in love with the kitchen and she remained in London, joining Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s later that year. Two years later, Sally joined The Ledbury in Notting Hill spending five years honing her skills under two-Michelin-starred chef, Brett Graham and where she feels she mastered the art of cooking, experiencing how a Michelin-starred restaurant comes together. After five years, Sally took a break from the kitchen and was appointed Technical Food Editor at Great British Chefs, utilising her writing skills. In 2016, itching to get back into the kitchen, she was appointed Sous Chef at Phil Howard’s Elystan Street as part of the opening team, then Brett Graham invited her to take over as Head Chef at The Harwood Arms – which remains to this day London’s only Michelin-starred pub. Sally was there for four years, retaining the pub’s Michelin star, and achieving number one gastropub in the UK in Estrella Damm’s Top 50 Gastropubs. In October 2020, Conrad London St. James appointed Sally as Consultant Chef overseeing the development and opening of four new food and drinks concepts following a £1.75 million investment. The first concept was Blue Boar Pub, opened in May the following year, a modern take on the classic London pub. It was named ‘One to Watch’ at Estrella Damm’s Top 50 Gastropub Awards and then Best Pub in Greater London at the National Pub & Bar Awards 2022. Sally’s restaurant, The Pem, named after suffragette Emily Wilding Davison, opened at the hotel in July 2021, displaying an elevated style of the food that Sally had become renowned for; it’s more refined, more considered, and more sophisticated – yet still retains the fun and liveliness that Sally’s guests have come to know and love. The Pem was named ‘One to Watch’ at the 2021 National Restaurant Awards and went on to be included in the UK Top 100 Restaurants in 2023. Sally is a familiar face on TV, regularly appearing on Saturday Kitchen Live, James Martin’s Saturday Morning, and reaching the banquet on Great British Menu 2022. Sally’s cooking style is simple, hearty, tasty food, intensely focused on flavour. Sally has a gift for capturing classic, nostalgic British dishes that many will remember fondly from their childhoods, and subtly modernising them.