Simon Hulstone


Simon’s culinary career started early in his life. By his early teens he already had several World Junior titles to his name and he has been adding to the list ever since, with a myriad of awards, including the Roux scholarship for youngchefs in 2003 and the National Chef of the Year award in 2008.


Before moving to Torquay, Simon had been perfecting his culinary technique working for highly regarded, Michelin starred restaurants throughout Europe where he was mentored by some of the world’s most respected chefs.

Since becoming head chef at The Elephant, Simon has brought his extensive influence of traditional and world cuisine to Torbay, putting the English Riviera on the culinary map. The Elephant was awarded a Michelin star in 2006 which it maintains today.

Simon became a Roux Scholar in 2003. He represented the UK in the Bocuse d’Or, the world’s most challenging and prestigious culinary contest, for the second time in 2011. He is captain of the British team in the Culinary Olympics and was also captain of the English Culinary Team at the Culinary World Cup in 2010. Simon is the only British chef to win gold at the World Chef Championship in France. In August 2011, Simon won the BritishAirways’ Great Britons competition and worked with Heston Blumenthal to create a menu for British Airways passengers.

He is married to Katy, with three young daughters, Tansy, Cicely and Betony Melisse. He shares a love of his adopted Devon and its produce and regularly takes part in demonstrations at local colleges and food events.

Simon is a keen traveller and has dined at many of the world’s best restaurants.

Simons's Top Tips

Add a few drops of Kikkoman soy to your base stocks, it will bring out the flavour and intensify whilst reducing.

Mix Kikkoman soy sauce with egg yolk before brush glazing your pastry and bread.

Add a few splashes of Kikkoman soy sauce to your Yorkshire pudding batter along with some English mustard and Horseradish.

When making chutneys for cheese or Pates replace the salt with Kikkoman soy.

Beans on toast is made so much better with a few drops of Kikkoman soy sauce and a sprinkle of grated cheddar.

Enjoy Kikkoman recipes from Simon Hulstone

Apple tarte tatin
4
  • vegetarian
Simon Hulstone
Crusted chicken breast
4
  • poultry
Simon Hulstone
Soy glazed baby beetroots
4
  • vegetarian
Simon Hulstone
Roasted Sea Bass with Risotto
4
  • fish
Simon Hulstone
Soy Baked Carrot
4
  • vegetarian
Simon Hulstone
Heritage tomato salad
4
  • fish
Simon Hulstone
Summer Farm Salad
4
  • vegetarian
Simon Hulstone
South Devon crab claw
4
  • fish
Simon Hulstone
Roasted Langoustine with asparagus pure
45 mins 4
  • fish
Simon Hulstone
Roasted Duck with Heritage Beetroot
4
  • poultry
Simon Hulstone
Marinated monkfish
9 hours 4
  • fish
Simon Hulstone
Chocolate and olive oil truffle
6 hours 50 mins 4
Simon Hulstone