meet the team

the faces behind the food

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Get to know us

Our team

Passion, dedication, respect, attention to detail: the vital ingredients that go into making a great restaurant. It’s our own special recipe and our team has these qualities in abundance. Here are some of the key people that help make Darleys a success.

Tom Burton, 34

Head Chef

Originally from Nottinghamshire, Tom learnt his trade climbing the ranks in Nottingham’s leading restaurants before moving to Derby where he took on his first Head Chef role where he won accolades such as restaurant of the year and pub of the year.

Tom moved abroad to run top hotels and restaurants across Europe for 5 years until returning to Derby.

Tom joined the Darleys team in Spring 2021 to bring his extensive knowledge and passion to the brigade.

Will Bee, 22

Pastry Chef

Starting his career in Castle Donington is where William discovered a passion for fine food, local produce and desserts.

Willam studied at one of the countries leading hospitality Universities UCB for 3 years, where he left with a 2-1 in culinary arts. During his masters, William spent 3 months of work experience under the watchful eye of Chef Rikku in South Africa’s unique restaurant Gate, where he developed his pastry skills to an extremely high standard.

William joined the crew in September 2020 and put his mark on the menu with his eye-catching, beautiful desserts.

Steve Bird, 48

Commis Chef

Local chef Steve has 30 years of experience in catering and hospitality. Steve’s wealth of experience shines through the Darleys kitchen.

Steve strives for excellence every day with a keen eye for detail and a passion for Derbyshire produce.

Steve’s journey in the Darley’s kitchen started in 2018.