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Job Role

Executive Chef

Organisation

Ormer Mayfair

Biography

Shaun Rankin is executive chef of Ormer Mayfair based in Flemings Mayfair Hotel in London.
Most well-known for his televisions appearances and his success since having moved to and fallen in love with Jersey, Shaun Rankin has seen his stock rise rapidly over the last ten years, culminating with the opening of his Michelin Starred restaurant, Ormer in Jersey in 2013.
Originally hailing from Yorkshire, Shaun has travelled around the globe working in different restaurants from London to Chicago, Australia to Moulton in the north of his native county, gaining experience in a wide variety of cuisines and cultures.
His passion for food came from a young age, when he would help his mother in the kitchen, cooking Sunday meals. He studied at Thames Valley University in Slough, and started off his career in London, working with Michael Coaker at The Mayfair Hotel. A few years later he returned to the north of the country, to work as a chef de partie at the Black Bull Inn, Moulton.
After having trained and worked on the mainland, Shaun moved on to pastures new in the mid-1990s in Jersey, starting out at Longueville Manor where he worked his way up to sous chef over the course of eight years, a period which included travel and work overseas. He then progressed to Longueville Manor’s sister restaurant Simas, working as the head chef, before leaving to open up Bohemia in a joint venture with the Huggler Group in 2003.
It was for his work at Bohemia, which became the first 4 AA Rosette restaurant in the Channel Islands, that he gained his Michelin Star two years later in 2005, which he has retained ever since. He spent nine years as head chef, and during his time living in Jersey he has built up strong relationships with local farmers and suppliers, and is often heard praising the island’s rich, diverse land and its talented producers.
His success at Bohemia encouraged him to begin a new chapter of his life, opening his very own restaurant called Ormer in the capital St Helier. It was an immediate triumph, serving the best produce from the island, and was awarded a Michelin star in 2013 only four months after opening. Critical praise and awards have flowed in, with nominations in multiple categories for Food & Travel Reader Awards 2014, AA rosettes accreditations and entry into the Good Food Guide 2014.
In November 2017 it was announced that Shaun would be leaving Ormer as the new owners wish to move forward refocusing in a way not compatible with Shaun, thus terminating their commercial relationship. Shaun now purely focuses on Ormer Mayfair where is executive chef.
Away from Jersey, Shaun competed on the fourth series of BBC Two’s Great British Menu in 2009 representing the Southwest, winning his heat against Nathan Outlaw. His Treacle Tart with Jersey clotted cream and raspberry ripple coulis won as the competition’s dessert. Since this achievement, he has appeared on BBC One’s Saturday Kitchen and has filmed his own TV series ‘Shaun Rankin’s Island Feast’ with ITV. His recipe book ‘Shaun Rankin’s Seasoned Islands’, which promotes local cuisine and recipes, was launched in 2011. Rankin is a British Celebrity Ambassador for Teenage Cancer has also played an important role in the Environmental Justice Foundation Ocean Campaigns to protect fishing and fisheries.