New Dream Team In Hassocks Kitchen

New Dream Team In Hassocks Kitchen

A popular Hassocks food destination has a new ‘dream team’ in its award-winning kitchen with the appointment of head chef Jon O’Dowd and recently-promoted sous chef Lee Copleston. The pair will be responsible for thousands of meals and snacks a week at family-run South Downs Nurseries’ catering outlets.

Jon, aged, 44, lives in Albourne and is a chef with over 20 years’ experience in hospitality. He trained at The Apprentice, Tower Bridge, and at Luca in Surbiton. After working at The Marlborough Tavern Gastropub in Bath, Jon mentored students at LVS special needs school in Sayers Common where his pioneering work featured in the Mail on Sunday.

Now in his new position as Head Chef at South Downs Nurseries he relishes  his new role, getting to know and mentoring his new team. “I am very excited about extending the restaurant menu at South Downs Nurseries and creating more specials.”

He is looking froward to working alongside new sous chef, Lee, who has been at South Downs for four years and has recently gained promotion.

“This is a very exciting time for our restaurant”, says Rebecca Houghton-Knapp from the Brighton Road business. “Our customers are also thrilled by what Jon will be able to do in extending the menu and creating fantastic special dishes making the most of locally-sourced ingredients.”