Andreas Antona’s early years were spent working in kitchens in Germany and Switzerland, providing him with excellent training. Since then, he has worked with some of the biggest names in the chef world, including Michael Quinn MBE, Britain’s first celebrity chef and Anton Mosimann OBE. He left London to work in the Midlands and it was in the renowned Plough and Harrow in Birmingham where he began winning international acclaim.
In 1993, Andreas opened his first restaurant Simpsons in Warwickshire and was among the first restaurants in the area to win a Michelin star which it maintains today. Andreas left the kitchen to focus on life as a restaurateur and took over The Cross in Kenilworth in 2013, he is also part of the team behind Pure Bar & Kitchen in Birmingham.
Andreas is a great supporter of training and education and is a longstanding governor of University College Birmingham. He founded the Bocuse d’Or UK Academy which he chairs and was integral in Adam Bennett achieving the best result yet in the Bocuse d’Or world final in 2013.