About Dorset Fine Dining
Dorset Fine Dining is owned and operated by professional chef, Nick Holt.
“My passion and experience in cooking has developed over the last 20 years. I am very fortunate to work in Dorset with its abundance of high quality produce and I try to find small individual producers who can provide me with quality, seasonal ingredients. Whilst this is important to me, I also allow myself the freedom to explore further afield and discover excellence from beyond the locality.
I had a wonderful start to my career, being trained in classical French cuisine under the first British Chef to gain a Michelin Star with the Roux brothers at Le Poulbot in London. Using those classical methods as a basis, I think I have been able to carve my own niche, which I now endeavour to express in my work through Dorset Fine Dining.
I firmly believe, the food should always speak for itself and never try to over complicate my dishes with too many flavours and elements.”
Achievements & Training
Trained at Thanet Technical College on a 3 year Advanced Catering Diploma
Attended catering college in Rheims, France called Neufchâtel
Worked at the Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, London
Achieved 3 AA Rosettes at Wallets Court Hotel, Kent in 1998 with owner Chris Oakley – Masterchef and first British Head Chef under the Roux brothers to achieve a Michelin Star
Worked in banqueting at the Selsdon Park Hotel, Croydon 2 AA Rosettes
Worked at Grayshott Hotel Spa, Surrey
Achieved 2 AA Rosettes at The Grange at Oborne, Dorset in 2009
Made assorted terrines for Capreolus Fine Foods who sold them to Selfridges and the National Gallery in London as well as other prestigious establishments in and around London
Outside catering for Gideon Hitchin Catering
Sole caterer for Symondsbury Estates near Bridport, providing private catering for guests who book the private houses
Founded Dorset Fine Dining – offering bespoke catering for any event from weddings, corporate events to dinner parties
I like to work closely with local producers, here are a few of my foodie friends!
Wincanton Fruit and veg
Sausages, bacon and pork
Cured meats, pastrami and much more
Italian meats and cheeses
Bespoke foods and much more
Milk, cream etc