Our Chef


You will rarely find a more talented chef who has achieved so much.  Liam Grime joins the new Pondwood Lakeside Cafe at its beginnings. The class, quality and setting of Lakeside Cafe  is matched by our chef who will provide you with a dining experience that we hope will not disappoint you.


Professional profile

Passionate about food, loves creating exciting, modern and healthy meals. Extremely well organized and meticulous about every detail, from pre-planning to final delivery.

A natural, modern chef with multiple awards to his name and over 15 years of experience in the kitchen. Ensures that everything he delivers is to the highest of standards. A great team worker or on his own, he has a natural ability to lead. A profound knowledge of Food and Hygiene Regulations. Passionate about working with fresh produce and creating healthy well-balanced innovative dishes.

Core Skills

Kitchen Management, Development of Menus, Cooking & Food Preparation, Food/Hygiene Regulation.

Career summary

November 2019-current               Pondwood Lakeside Cafe.

June 2019 – November 2019      Lane End Conference Centre          Catering Manager

Running a team of 10 and in charge of 3 Kitchens in one site, delivering various styles of food from buffets to gala dinners. Catered for a various am out of dietary requirements from extreme allergens to high profile diet plans.

June 2009 – June 2019                 Royal Air Force, Various Locations          Head Chef

Key achievements/projects

2018: Awarded with MBE for services to Food within the military
2014 – 2019: Captain of the UK Culinary Team
2018: Culinary Word Cup (Luxembourg Gold Medal Ranked 3rd in the World)
2018: Awarded the Craft Guild of chefs’ award for best UK competition Chef 2018
2017: Craft Guild of Chefs National Chef of the Year: Semi Finalist
2017: Semi Finalist: Royal Academy of Culinary Arts ‘Master of Culinary Arts’ Semi Finalist
2017: Great British Bake Off ‘Crème de la Crème’ (Winners)
2016 – Culinary Olympics (Erfurt) Cold Buffet table (double Gold (Pastry Art/Culinary Art), 6th of 56 international teams)
2016 – Culinary Olympics (Erfurt) Community Catering (Silver, 9th of 20 International teams)
2016 – RAF Skills day Cook and Serve (Gold BIC)
2016 – Hotelympia Cold Buffet table (Silver)
2016 – Hotelympia Parade de Chef (Gold BIC – not achieved by a Military Team in 14 years)
2015 – Bake Off ‘Crème de la Crème’ (4th place – Semi-Final)
2015 – Exercise Joint Caterer RAF Buffet (Gold BIC)
2015 – Exercise Joint Caterer Grand Prix (Silver BIC)
2015 – Hospitality Show Junior Parade de Chef (Gold)
2014 – Culinary World Cup (Luxembourg) Community Catering Challenge (Gold – 4th place of 10 teams)
2014 – Exercise Joint Caterer RAF Buffet (Gold BIC)
2014 – Exercise Joint Caterer Field event (Silver)
2014 – RAF Skills day Grand Prix (Gold BIC)
2014 – Hotelympia Parade de Chef (Silver)
2014 – Hotelympia Cold Buffet table (Silver)
2013 – Exercise Joint Caterer Senior chef (Silver BIC)
2013 – Exercise Joint Caterer RAF Buffet (Bronze)
2013 – RAF Skills day Grand Prix (Gold BIC)
2013 – RAF Skills day Cook and Serve (Silver)
2013 – Hospitality Show Terrinex challenge (Gold)
2012 – Exercise Joint Caterer RAF Buffet (Gold BIC)
2012 – Culinary Olympics Military hot class ( Gold) Support Team
2012 – Culinary Olympics Military cold class (Gold) Support Team
2012 – Exercise Joint Caterer Junior Pork (Gold BIC)
2012 – RAF Skills day Junior pork (Gold BIC)
2012 – RAF Skills day cold plates sweets (Gold BIC)
2012 – UK Chocolate Masters (Support to Sgt Richie Heppell – 3rd place)
2012 – ISS Chef of the Year (2nd)
2011 – Exercise Joint Caterer RAF Buffet (Gold BIC)
2011 – Exercise Joint Caterer Junior pork (Gold BIC)
2011 – RAF Skills day Junior Pork (Gold BIC)
2011 – ISS Chef of the Year (3rd)

 May 2006 – June 2009                Barton Grange Hotel, Preston          Chef

Key achievements/projects
Awarded its first Rosette for the Healeys restaurant

January 2004 – May 2006            Aviemore Highland Resort, Scotland          Chef

July 2002 – January 2004             The Flag, Garstang          Chef

Education & qualifications

  • Food Hygiene, Level 3 – City & Guilds – 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Hospitality and Catering, Level 2 – City & Guilds – 2009
  • Health & Safety, Level 2 – Chartered Institute of Environmental Health – 2009
  • Fire Awareness, Level 1 – RTS -2009
  • Mathematics, C – Edexcel – 2015
  • Information Technology, C – AQA – 2015
  • English Literature, C – WJEC – 2003
Liam Grime
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