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Matt Tebbutt's Biography

Matt Tebbutt was born in High Wycombe in England, but moved to Newport in Wales when he was just six months old.

He studied Geography and Anthropology at Oxford Brookes University and joined the university air squadron, but decided against joining the RAF and instead focused his attention on his talents in the kitchen.

Matt Tebbutt took a diploma course with Leith's School of Food & Wine, and worked as a trainee with Marco Pierre White at The Oak Room and then The Criterion.

Matt continued to gain valuable experience at the likes of Chez Bruce, at Clarke's in Kensington, and at Alastair Little's restaurants in Lancaster Road and Soho.

Asked by Delicious Magazine whether he thought it was important for a chef to train with the best or whether it was down to the individual's talent, Matt Tebbutt replied:

"It was important for me to work with and learn from some of my heroes. Being thrown in the deep-end in a top kitchen is daunting, but its brilliant experience. I would say that talent, good training and stamina are all equally important."

In 2001 Matt Tebbutt and his wife Lisa took over the Foxhunter pub at Nantyderry in Wales.

They went on to win numerous culinary awards.

Additionally Matt Tebbutt has appeared on TV, for example, as a co-presenter of UKTV's Market Kitchen with Tom Parker-Bowles and Matthew Fort and as a regular on Saturday Kitchen.

In 2008 his book Matt Tebbutt Cooks Country was published.

In 2010 Channel Five commissioned a six part series called Family Food Fight with Flora, in which Matt Tebbutt and Jean-Christophe Novelli help families improve their cooking.

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