The Heritage Team

Matt Gillan – Chef Director

Matt 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 – General Manager

Hannah 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 – Sous Chef

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 – Assistant Restaurant Manager

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



Shauna Clarke – Head Waitress

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 and is responsible for managing reservations and group bookings. 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 – Chef de Partie

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. He has just been shortlisted for this year’s Sussex Young Chef of the Year award and will be competing in March to win the title. We are keeping our fingers crossed for him and are very happy to be the official soufflé tasters for his practice sessions.

Joel Pugh – Chef de Partie

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.

Cory Vernon – Chef de Partie



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