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Meet the Team

We are knowledgeable, passionate, warm & friendly...

Phil Fanning

Phil Fanning
Executive Chef, Owner

"Chef Phil Fanning is one of the bright young things in the British food scene, he began cooking at an early age and even made an appearance on Junior Masterchef as a finalist in 1997.

His style is distinctly contemporary, without falling into the trap of being modern for the sake of being modern. He tempers his classical French roots with far-reaching ingredients and an eye for theatrical mischief. ” – Great British Chefs.

Claire Fanning

Claire Fanning
Financial Director, Owner

In her career Claire has worked for some of the country’s finest restaurants and industry figures, including Tom Kerridge’s two Michelin Starred Hand and Flowers and Heston Blumenthal’s Hind’s Head in Bray.

This experience, coupled with her love of fine food and wine and a passion for top quality service makes her an inspirational figurehead for the team at Paris House.

Anne-Laure David

Anne-Laure David
Restaurant Manager

Anne-Laure joined us in 2016, having spent several years travelling and working in New Zealand, Paris and Devon. Originally from Brittany, Anne-Laure is now happily settled here in Bedfordshire.

Since joining Paris House she has risen from Head Waitress to Assistant Restaurant Manager and is now Acting Restaurant Manager.

Her interests include reading, travelling and wine.

Howie Sayers

Howie Sayers
Sommelier

Howie has been involved in wine for over 20 years, from buying to food matching, editorial to wine flights, with a share in a small vineyard in Italy. His knowledge and compelling stories of wine-growing regions make him a very welcome member of the team!

Carl Dumbleton

Carl Dumbleton
Sous Chef

Carl first came to Paris House back in July 2016. He joined the team as a Chef de Partie and has risen quickly to Junior Sous Chef, with chief responsibility for pastry. Born in Ireland and raised in Wales, Carl developed his skills in Welsh pubs before moving onto restaurants in New Zealand and Southern England.

Carl is a music lover and plays the drums, he also loves his cats and a good glass of whisky.

Dan Treadwell

Dan Treadwell
Head Chef

Dan joined us in November 2016. Dan runs our meat, fish and sauces section.

He is passionate about Modernist cuisine and loves to read about it, as well as practise it here at Paris House.

Debbie Boland

Debbie Boland
Assistant Restaurant Manager

Debbie joined us in 2017 as Head Waitress and has now progressed to Assistant Restaurant Manager.

Debbie is local to the area and is our resident songbird – ALWAYS singing. She is passionate about her 2 enormous dogs and her fabulous eyelashes.

Thomas Sebrey

Thomas Sebrey
Head Waiter

Thomas joined the team in 2018 and has brought with him lots of fun & laughter. He is a wizard on the bar and has developed some of the fabulous recipes on our cocktail menu.

Thomas hails from Rouen, France and has worked in 4* & 5* French hotels until we enticed him to come and join us. He loves spending time with friends and family, laughing and talking.

Your Name Here?

Your Name Here?
Kitchen Assistant

We are looking for a passionate, hard working & happy kitchen assistant to join a highly motivated team. The duties include washing and polishing plates, pots and pans, general food preparation under Chef’s assistance.

See our current vacancies

Lauro Chainho

Lauro Chainho
Reservations Manager

Lauro joined us in 2018 as our Reservations Manager.

Originally from Portugal, Lauro's background is in restaurant management, in hotel & restaurant establishments in Portugal, on River Ships & Ocean Liners. Lauro loves sport, movies and time with his family!

Natalie Stevenson

Natalie Stevenson
Reservations

With Scottish roots, Natalie worked for Cameron House Hotel on the banks of Loch Lomond as Assistant Restaurant Manager over 3 sites. Since then she has honed her administrative skills in several roles before bringing her happy smiley self back to the hospitality industry.

Natalie loves clay pigeon shooting, wine drinking and horse-riding – but not all at once! She is currently enjoying maternity leave.

Jo Freeman

Jo Freeman
Head of Brand & Marketing

Jo spent 10 years working in creative agencies before spending another 12 in retail working in various roles from Brand and Commercial Marketing to Store Branding & Design. She took the leap away from big corporate business 3 years ago and hasn’t looked back.

Jo loves food & wine, holidays, her two children, apostrophes and her husband – in that order!