Two talented local chefs, , have now joined us in our kitchen.
Olivier, who was crowned Somerset Life’s 2017 Best Chef, comes from the multi-award-winning Clavelshay Barn near Bridgwater and Finn from the Michelin-starred Masons Arms at Knowstone in Devon.
Donna says: “We’re delighted that Olivier has joined us. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge and expertise, and really compliments our style here. As does Finn, who is also an exceptional young chef. They will strengthen our talented team greatly and help us all take the business forward. We’ve exciting times ahead!
“But, rest assured, Paul and I are not taking a back seat, we’ll be here and all working together as a team to continue to develop the menu and what we offer to our loyal customers. The pair will very much work alongside us and you’ll continue to see us both in the kitchen, at the bar and front of house generally. We’re not disappearing!”
Marseille-born Olivier moved to Somerset in 1998 following his Michelin star training in La Bonne Etape Chateau Arnoux and Les Roches in Le Lavandou. His first job in the area was with Andrew Dixon at Porlock Weir where he was second chef.
In 2006, he joined Woods in Dulverton as head chef where he achieved 2 rosettes and the accolade of Somerset Dining Pub of the Year 2008, 2010 and 2011. In 2009, he reached the finals of the South West Chef of the Year competition.
In 2017, he was crowned Somerset Life’s Best Chef at the magazine’s annual Food and Drinks Award and he was also a finalist in the 2018 Trencherman’s Award, and was in great culinary company. His fellow finalists included Michael Caines, Josh Eggleton and Nathan Outlaw, who all have Michelin stars.
Olivier, who joined Clavelshay Barn in 2016, which has won Taste of the West Gold Award for the last six years running, as Head Chef, said: “I love The Swan, the atmosphere, the food and the people, and it’s always been one of my favourite places to eat. Paul and Donna are great friends and we get on wonderfully, so it’s fantastic being able to work together at last.”
Meanwhile, Finn joins The Swan from well-known chef Mark Dodson’s Mason Arms. In July 2006, The Mason Arms’ restaurant was awarded a Michelin star, which it still holds 12 years on.