Meet the Chefs: Discover Head Chef Abi Cope's Journey

Head Chef Abi Cope  started working in the catering industry at  just 14 years old, she then trained in catering at Thomas Danby College whilst going on to work in many kitchens at many different venues.

Abi then moved into the TV & film industry following around film crews providing catering on location, working on programmes such as Emmerdale, Heartbeat, Changing Rooms and Billy Elliot, this then developed to music bands, travelling through Europe and around Britain working in very different conditions on tour for celebrities such as Shania Twain, Macy Grey, Bruce Springsteen, Pavarotti and many more.

Having cooked for over 500 weddings in her career along with all her extensive experience it is fair to say Abi’s skills are an invaluable asset to Aspire.

Executive Chef Chef Tom Rennolds, finalist in BBC's MasterChef 2012, received training at Michelin starred restaurants and earned glowing praise from chefs such as Tom Kitchen, and Michel Roux Jr during the programme.

Rennolds’ cooking mixes classic French with modern techniques to create original, innovative dishes with a heavy emphasis on local and seasonally sourced produce.

Tom's final meal for MasterChef judges Gregg Wallace and John Torode was a starter of langoustines, a quail main, and a Yorkshire rhubarb pudding.

Rennolds' blend of classic and modern cuisine, using local ingredients in luxury dishes, provides an ideal partner for Aspire.