Dr Andreas Antona
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. 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 were revived.
Andreas opened Simpsons, in Kenilworth, in 1993. 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.
In Summer 2013, Andreas also 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.
Despite almost 40 years in the industry, Andreas’ enthusiasm for training students to become great chefs and hospitality professionals is as strong as ever.