The Heritage Team

Matt Gillan

Matt is the Chef Director of Heritage. He has lived and worked in rural Sussex for the last 10 years and he has previously opened two restaurants in the local area. He has held a Michelin star and four AA rosettes. He has appeared on Saturday Kitchen, Yes Chef and the Great British Menu, where he successfully managed to get his main course dish to the banquet.

He founded Random Precision Restaurants to create dining experiences that are conceived outside of the box, with creativity and ingenuity but delivered precisely and professionally. Under this umbrella, he operates a casual dining brand ‘Electro Pirate’ as well as his own private dining and events service. Heritage is the culmination of Matt’s many years of hard work and dedication towards perfecting his craft.

Hannah Bamford

Hannah is the General Manager at Heritage. She has been working in restaurants for over twelve years and has worked with Matt for the last three, looking after his front of house operations. She spent her formative years training at boutique restaurants and hotels in rural Berkshire before moving to Sussex in 2016.

Hannah’s passion is wine and she has taken great care in curating a unique and interesting wine list to pair perfectly with your meal. She takes incredible pride in her restaurant and, working alongside her talented front of house team, she is determined to deliver a fantastic experience to each and every guest.

Jackson Heron

Jackson started training as a chef five years ago, working in busy restaurants in central London. On his days off, he worked at The Typing Room where he developed a love for fine cuisine, quality ingredients and excellent hospitality. He moved to the South East in 2016 and began working at 64 Degrees as their commis chef. Over the last three years he has worked hard and successfully progressed to Sous Chef, enjoying the creativity of their ever-changing menu.

Jackson is known for big flavours, he doesn’t shy away from salt, butter and cheese. He is excited to work at Heritage and further refine his craft under Matt’s watchful eye.

Georgie Walker

Georgie joined team Heritage in December 2019 after returning from travelling in Australia. Whilst abroad, she honed her skills working at a number of highly rated restaurants. Georgie is passionate, enthusiastic and incredibly driven and has already proven to be a Front of House superstar. She joins us as Assistant Restaurant Manager, working alongside Hannah and the rest of the team to deliver consistently excellent service.

Always with a smile on her face and with a love of red wine that may even rival Hannah’s, we are sure she’ll be a brilliant addition to our team

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Shauna Clarke

Shauna has been part of team Heritage since the opening in August 2019, after impressing Hannah & Matt with the incredible amount of homework she’d done to prepare for her interview. Since then she has gone from strength to strength and has recently been promoted to head waitress. She now helps to look after and train our junior team members, to ensure everyone is working to her very high standards.

We have no doubt that Shauna will be a formidable force in the hospitality industry – she’s getting a lot of practice in already – as she can often be found bossing us all (Hannah & Matt included) around in the restaurant.

 

Joe Murphy

Joe began training as a young chef in 2016 at restaurant Tristan’s in Horsham. He completed his apprenticeship last year and continued working for Tristan until early 2019. He created and designed innovative and quirky desserts with original ingredients.

After leaving Tristan’s, he completed a brief placement at Michelin starred ‘The Latymer’, where he worked alongside Matt Worswick. Joe is ready to bring his inventive and bold ideas to our kitchen and produce top quality dishes for each and every guest.

Joel Pugh

Joel joins us at Heritage as Chef de Partie. Having worked in Michelin Starred kitchens previously, Joel comes to us with a passion for local, seasonal ingredients. He has a particular love for foraging in the woodland for ingredients that he can incorporate into his dishes. He is a big personality in the kitchen and is responsible for not only the garnish section but also for feeding the team, a job not for the faint hearted. He is responsible for a number of staff dinner masterpieces, with the pièce de résistance being a chicken nugget roast dinner with all the trimmings, of course.

In his spare time you can still find him cooking at home and he is always experimenting with new techniques and methods in order to further refine his cooking.

Harry Flockhart

After starting his career working front of house in a patisserie, Harry realised his passion was in the kitchen with a particular interest in desserts and pastry. After training in a boutique hotel in the south of France, Harry returned to the UK this summer eager to learn from Matt. Harry is our commis chef but has quickly proven his talent and is  looking after the pastry section under Matt’s direction, responsible for sending our guests off with lasting memories of delicious desserts.

Harry’s front of house skills still come in handy as he is often found in the restaurant talking to our guests about his desserts and introducing them to each course.

Mikayla Cornish

Mikayla joined us in November 2019. She has worked all over Sussex and is incredibly talented at both restaurant service and mixing up cocktails on the bar. She now works with us full time as one of our head waitresses.

She came to us with a plan, she wanted to learn about high end service and develop her knowledge of all things wine. She has spent a month learning at the wine list and is now responsible for all the wine flight service in the restaurant. If you ever needed to find her, we can guarantee that she’ll be on the ground floor, as she refuses to go upstairs to the bedrooms because of the “ghost”. But, despite her belief in the supernatural, we have no doubt that she has a bright future ahead of her and we are very lucky to have her as part of the team.

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