Wearing a blue apron with a pair of spectacles hanging from the front, Stephen Terry leans against the back of a chair in a lounge. On the wall behind him, a wooden sign reads 'The Hardwick – Dum Vivimus Vivamus'.

Chef Judge – Stephen Terry

Chef-proprietor – The Hardwick, Abergavenny

Stephen grew up in Dunstable and trained at Barnfield College, Luton. His career took off in the 1990s when he moved to London and worked at Harvey’s under Marco Pierre White, Le Gavroche under Michel Roux Jr, befriending fellow chef and contemporary Gordon Ramsey along the way .

After a stint as a Sous Chef in Scotland, Stephen became Head Chef of The Canteen in Chelsea for Marco Pierre White, earning the restaurant a Michelin Star at age 25 before moving to France to work at Alain Passard’s Arpege.

Back in the UK in the mid-90s he was Head Chef at Coast in Mayfair, but decided to leave London a few years later and move to Wales, purchasing the Walnut Tree in Abergavenny which quickly gained a Michelin Star, and was where he met his wife, Joanna.

A few years later, Stephen started his own venture in 2005 and purchased an old pub in Abergavenny, which became The Hardwick where he still works today. Stephen is passionate about good produce and a champion for Wales’ food scene.