Steve opened Sorrel in 2017 and was awarded a Michelin star the following year, together with AA Restaurant of the Year Award. Sorrel has also been shortlisted for GQ Restaurant of the Year, longlisted for the World Restaurant Awards and recently received its fourth AA Rosette recognising it as ‘among the top restaurants in the UK, where the cooking demands national recognition’. We have been listed in Harden’s Top 100 UK Restaurants for the second year running.
Steve Drake has worked in some of Europe’s best kitchens: Chez Nico at Ninety Park Lane; the Oak Room with Marco Pierre White; Pied a Terre; Aubergine, as well as short stints at L’Arpège in Paris and L’Auberge de l’Eridan, Annecy.
He first rose to prominence when he won the Roux Scholarship – widely considered the most prestigious, and technically challenging, competition in the UK – and continues to be closely involved with the Roux family and his fellow scholars to promote their aim of inspiring and enabling a new generation of British chefs.
Following his win in 2001, Steve went on to gain his first Michelin star at Drake’s on the Pond in Abinger Hammer. He then opened Drake’s in Ripley where he held a star for a further 14 years.