Jude chef Cornwall wife: Jude was born in New Zealand and has been a United Kingdom resident for over 24 years. He owns and operates Kota and its sister restaurant, Kota Kai, in Cornwall’s fishing resort of Porthleven.
Jude spent many years working in London’s best restaurants after studying under famed chef and fellow Kiwi Simon Gault. His most recent post was with Antony Worrall Thompson when he met his late wife Jane, and they decided to go to Cornwall together.
‘Kota’ is Maori, meaning shellfish, and Jude’s innovative approach to traditional seafood has earned him three AA rosettes and a Michelin Bib Gourmand. Additionally, the restaurant was voted one of Britain’s Top 50 Summer Restaurants, and patron chef Jude was nominated ‘Chef of the Year’ at the 2019 Trencherman’s Guide Awards.
Jude’s culinary technique is influenced by his Maori, Chinese, and Malaysian ancestors and is inspired by the freshest vegetables available in Cornwall. He highlights inventions from his home area, notably Cornishman Henry Trengrouse’s safety rocket line, which has aided in the rescue of countless seafarers.
The Great British Menu premiered on our televisions in 2006 and has now broadcast 16 seasons over 15 years.
The show’s structure follows chefs from eight different locations around the United Kingdom as they vie for a spot in the finals, where they will create a dish for a banquet attended by renowned visitors and guest chefs.
Competitors represent Scotland, the southwest, the northwest, Wales, central England, London, the southeast, and the northeast and Northern Ireland.
The topic for this year is British innovation, and entrants are required to demonstrate both technical advancements in the kitchen and contemporary approaches to cooking, such as molecular gastronomy and the use of gadgets and other food technology.
Jude previously told The Packet of the tournament, “You know the ropes, but you’re not sure how the pressure will affect you.”
“You’re going up against some incredible cooks.”
Jude, who is originally from New Zealand but has resided in the UK for 24 years, began his career as a trainee under renowned chef and fellow countryman Simon Gault before working at various prestigious London restaurants.
His most recent role involved working with famous chef Anthony Worral Thompson when he met his future wife Jane and relocated to Cornwall.
“It’s exhilarating. I’m overjoyed by the reaction on social media, particularly on Twitter. I believe a Cornish army is assembling to march on Scotland in protest at the fish course outcome!
“The reaction has been tremendous — I’m overwhelmed by the outpouring of support.”
Jude, on the other hand, is a hesitant television star. Jane, who unfortunately died two years ago of cancer, convinced her husband to go for it.
“I was always hesitant to work in the restaurant’s front,” Jude said. “For obvious reasons, my wife Jane was always the face of Kota. I received a phone call one day from the producer of the Great British Menu, inviting me to an interview to determine my suitability. I couldn’t believe it was occurring.
“It concerned me much. I thought to myself, ‘Oh my God, I’m not going on television.’ I hung up and informed Jane that Great British Menu wanted me on the program, something I am adamantly opposed to. She said, ‘You are picking up the phone and dialing Great British Menu because it will benefit companies.’
“She was correct – I was quite hesitant; I had never want to appear on television.”