David Taylor

David Taylor blends Nordic minimalism and great British produce to stunning effect at Grace & Savour, our number one restaurant in the UK for 2023.

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Born in Nottingham, David Taylor's career in food started young - he was part of a generation that was inspired by the youthful energy of Jamie Oliver, and as young as 13 he was baking and cooking for family and friends. A chance meeting with Ready Steady Cook chef Brian Turner opened the door for David to visit Turner's in Knightsbridge at an early age, and after spending a day in the kitchens with Turner, his heart was set on a career as a chef.

That career in earnest started in the deepest of deep ends - at Gordon Ramsay's Maze with Jason Atherton, just as Atherton's star was rising. With 30 full time chefs and nearly 200 covers to serve, Maze was a tough kitchen, but one that forged Taylor in fire. 'It gave me a grounding that has helped me get where I am now,' says Taylor. Atherton also opened the door for David to move to Purnell's - Atherton and Glynn Purnell appeared on Great British Menu together, and a phone call from the former got David a job with the latter. David would spend the next seven years with Purnell. 'Glynn was a huge influence on me,’ he says. ‘He really breathed a sense of confidence into me and nurtured me.’ 

David has worked short stints in lots of other top restaurants - after Purnell's he left in search of a finishing school and cooked at restaurants like Grace in Chicago, Atera in New York, and Relae in Copenhagen. Eventually he landed at Maaemo in Oslo and joined an all-star cast of chefs that included Oli Marlow (now executive chef of Aulis and Roganic Hong Kong), Jordan Bailey (chef and owner of two Michelin-starred Aimsir in Kildare, Ireland), Alex Nietosvuori (head chef of Michelin-starred Hjem in Northumberland) and James Goodyear (head chef of Evelyn’s Table, London). In two years at Maaemo, David was part of the team that won a third Michelin star for the restaurant, making it the first Nordic restaurant to reach the prestigious landmark (jointly with Geranium, which also won a third star in the same year). 

David would later move to The Thief - a boutique hotel in Oslo famous for housing celebrities and keeping them away from the public spotlight. Though he and wife Anette were happy in Oslo, long-time friend James Hill (director at Hampton Manor) sounded them out about taking over a new project at the West Midlands hotel and they jumped at the opportunity of a lifetime. David spent a year setting up a supply network for Grace & Savour that focused on organic, sustainable producers within the UK and the West Midlands, before opening in January 2022. The restaurant has proven to be an instant classic, winning a SquareMeal Gold Award as well as top spot in our Top 100 UK Restaurants list for 2023. 

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Grace & Savour

Head chef

"'(Sustainability) is an incredibly complex issue with no single answer, but we have to keep having the conversations and looking at solutions.’"


Where was David born?
David was born in Nottingham.

What restaurants has David worked at?
David has worked at the likes of Maze with Jason Atherton, Purnell's, Maeemo and The Thief in Oslo.