Meet the Chefs at Rockbeare Manor

One of the most memorable parts of any wedding day is the cuisine and we know all too well how challenging it can be deciding your menu, especially when there are so many delicious things to choose from.  Here at Rockbeare Manor, our events and wedding venue in Devon we have a team of expert Chefs who take great pride in all they do and behind the scenes they work incredibly hard to ensure that the quality of the food is first class. 

Chefs at Rockbeare Manor 

In this month’s blog we are introducing you to our talented brigade of chefs - the people that make it happen!  


Our Head Chef Ben Upton has been with us since the venue opened in 2016 and has been instrumental in designing our beautiful selection of menus.  At the age of 14 Ben began working in a bakery before attending Catering College. He went on to work at Coombe House Hotel, a highly regarded local hotel with fine dining restaurant where in the 12 years that he was there, he progressed from apprentice level to Sous Chef.  After which, he joined us at Rockbeare Manor, to lead the kitchen team, developing the events and wedding menus to ensure that our food offering is always innovative, exceeding every guests expectations.  Rockbeare Manor is one of the leading events and wedding venues in the South West and our food is very much a part of that.

Head Chef Rockbeare Manor

His favourite part about his role is taking simple ingredients and turning them it into something that impresses people, there is nothing more rewarding! In his spare time Ben likes fishing, camping and spending time with his family.

Most memorable moment: My fondest memory will always be the first wedding we held here at Rockbeare Manor, it was incredible to see it go so successfully, having spent such spent a long time preparing for it.

Random fact about you: I broke my fishing personal best this year and caught a 26lb carp!

Favourite dish to cook: Taking advantage of being near the coast, there is nothing better than cooking locally sourced fresh fish.


Troy began his career as a Chef in New Zealand, gaining experience working in a variety of different restaurants and cafes before moving to the UK.  After spending some time in the Fine Dining sector, followed by a year in South Africa, Troy returned to the UK and joined the team, working in our other venues, Priston Mill and Coombe Lodge. When Rockbeare Manor opened in Exeter, Troy became part of the team and settled with his family in Devon, a place which reminds him so much of home. In his spare time Troy weight trains, spends time with his family and enjoys watching the Rugby whilst having a few beers at Sandy Park. 

Most memorable moment: Marrying my beautiful wife at Rockbeare Manor – it was the perfect day!

Random fact about you: I once boiled eggs for Prince Charles!

Favourite dish to cook: I love the slow process of making stocks and sauces and drawing out flavours from a combination of different ingredients, but most of all I love cooking for my kids, no matter the


Katie joined Rockbeare Manor in Exeter as part of our Waiting Team whilst studying catering at the Michael Caine’s Academy but has since joined us full time. Throughout her time spent at Rockbeare Manor she has gained valuable knowledge and experience of the Events sector by working in both the Kitchen and Front of House. The thing that Katie most loves about her role is that no two days are the same. In her spare time Katie enjoys watching movies, baking cakes and spending time with her pet rabbits.

Chef at Rockbeare Manor

Most memorable moment: Designing and creating two desserts which have been added to the 2020 Rockbeare Manor wedding menus. The first is a Dark Chocolate and Passion Fruit Ganache, in a White Chocolate Shell with Sablé Crumb, found on our Regency menu. The next is a Caramel Panna Cotta with Brandy Snap and Berry Compote, found on our Tourchon feast menu.

Random fact about you: I was a majorette for 15 years and I have eaten at 2 Michelin star restaurants in Europe.

Favourite dish to cook: Making desserts as I love the art of presentation.


If you enjoyed this, why not meet our Events Team?


If you are planning a wedding in the Devon or Somerset area, and are interested in discussing our wedding menus or viewing Rockbeare Manor, please contact one of the team on 01392 797444.

 Lemon TartLoin of Lamb - Regency MenuRoast Squash Tenderstem Quinoa Salad - Minuet

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