Dr Andreas Antona
Michelin starred Chef Andreas chairs the Finance and General Purposes Committee of the Board of Governors and sits on the Remuneration and Nominations Committee.
Having initially trained at Ealing Technical College, Andreas worked in kitchens in Switzerland and Germany before returning to the UK to work with Anton Mosimann at the Dorchester and Michael Quinn at the Ritz where he met his wife Alison. He spent time as chef de cuisine at the Elms in Abberley before moving to the then renowned Plough and Harrow in Birmingham. Under Andreas’s guidance the restaurant’s fortunes where revived.
Desiring more independence, Andreas and Alison opened their first restaurant, Simpsons, in Kenilworth in 1993. The style of restaurant was based on their ambition for a fine dining establishment and Andreas’ modern French cooking. Endless hours of dedicated hard work led to Simpsons receiving top accolades including a Bib Gourmande in 1995 and a Michelin star in 1999.
In October 2004, he opened the new Simpsons, a 70 cover luxury restaurant in a grade ll listed building in Edgbaston.
Andreas likes to keep himself busy; in Summer 2013, he took over The Cross, Kenilworth and installed Adam Bennett there as head chef. The Cross was awarded a Michelin star in 2014, within 12 months of its reopening. Weeks later, Andreas was himself awarded the International Chef of the Year award at La Gastronomie et Vins in Lyon, the culinary capital of France.
In Spring 2014, Andreas teamed up with managing director of Purity Brewing Co. Paul Halsey and former Mitchells and Butlers director, Martin Hilton to open Pure Bar and Kitchen, a craft ale bar serving quality British food, in central Birmingham.
Despite almost 40 years in the industry, Andreas’ enthusiasm for great cooking is as strong as ever. Thanks to his support, Adam Bennett was able to achieve Team UK’s best result ever when he represented the country in the Bocuse d’Or 2013.