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Meet The Chefs

Chef Patron Daniel Smith brings a wealth of talent and experience to his kitchen at The Wildebeest.

Norfolk-born, Daniel has an impressive track record over the last 20 years which includes working for the acclaimed Michel Roux Jr at the two Michelin starred London restaurant, Le Gavroche before moving back to Norfolk to work with another renowned chef - Galton Blackiston at Morston Hall where he achieved his first Michelin Star as Head Chef, aged 23.

He then spent a decade at the popular Wildebeest in South Norfolk before opening The Ingham Swan, his first restaurant, in April 2010. During this time, he has built up a solid reputation and loyal following as being one of Norfolk's most innovative and creative chefs. In April 2015 Daniel returned to his roots following his acquisition of The Wildebeest and The Mad Moose.

Daniel creates each menu to take full advantage of the selection of local produce that is readily available on the doorstep. And not being protective of his kitchen secrets, he regularly showcases his skills and inventive dishes with Cookery Demonstrations at prestigious local events such as The Royal Norfolk Show. 

Norfolk Chef of the Year 2014, EDP Food & Drink Awards

Participating Chef - BBC 2's Great British Menu 2016 

Best Restaurant Chef - Craft Guild of Chefs Awards 2017

Head Chef Charlie Wilson 

Norwich-born Charlie Wilson, aged just 24, has been Head Chef since 2017 and relished the opportunity to step up.  He’s passionate about honing his skills and  developing new menus. In the last 12 months, the Wildebeest has been awarded 2AA Rosettes and Charlie has been awarded Norfolk Chef of the Year at the Eat Norfolk Food & Drink Awards 2018. 

Norfolk Chef of the Year 2018, Eat Norfolk Food & Drink Awards