Having spent almost ten years as Head Chef at the Michelin starred Simpsons in Edgbaston, Adam Bennett took over as Chef Director of The Cross at Kenilworth in September 2013. The Cross soon began receiving fantastic reviews from locals all over Warwickshire, food lovers and restaurant critics alike, within just 12 months the one-time inn received a Michelin star which it maintains today.
Adam wanted to become a chef from an early age and during his college training spent time working in a busy family run Hotel Restaurant in Bavaria, Germany. This gave the nineteen-year-old Adam a fantastic grounding for his future career. He went on to work at The Dorchester Hotel London under Anton Mosimann, Restaurant Marc Meurin in Bethune, France and Restaurant Guy Lassausaie in Lyon – all two star Michelin.
He uses techniques from many years spent in fine dining and creates dishes that are fitting for The Cross’ relaxed and accessible pub feel. Passionate about food, flavours and provenance, Adam’s outstanding culinary skills elevate each ingredient to produce robust and perfectly balanced dishes and flavours.
Adam lives in Coventry with his wife Nibedita, a lecturer in risk management at the University of Leicester, and their daughter Asha.