Stéphane Borie grew up in Agen. His kitchen apprenticeship began in Bordeaux before moving to London in the late 1990's. He spent seven years with Michel Roux at The Waterside Inn Bray, the three Michelin star training instilling a passion for flavour, excellence and dedication to his trade.
Stéphane went on to Le Manoir Aux Quat Saisons and Daylesford House as private chef to Sir Anthony Bamford, before opening The Herbert Arms at Chirbury with Sarah and Kathryn in 2008.
In 2011 the team moved to their newly renovated premises in Montgomery and Stéphane was very honoured that The Checkers was awarded a Michelin Star in October 2011, seven months after opening.
The Farmer's Daughters
Sarah and Kathryn grew up on a dairy farm in Shropshire.
Sarah is an accomplished chef who spent several years working in the country's finest kitchens including The Waterside Inn where she met Stéphane. Sarah was the first woman to work in every section in The Waterside's kitchen and later went on to establish a successful business as a freelance chef, cooking across the UK and Europe for private clients. Sarah and Stéphane now have two young daughters, Lexie, five, and Roxanne, three, who despite their young age, really do share their parent's passion for food!
Kathryn runs front of house, where an informal and relaxed service complements Stéphane and Sarah's approach to cooking. Kathryn went to university in Sheffield to study nursing and went onto work in Sheffield's Royal Hallamshire Hospital. In 2007 she relocated to Shropshire with her partner Neil, and was unable to resist the opportunity to work with Sarah and Stéphane, having long shared their love of truly good food. Christmas Eve 2011 saw the arrival of Neil and Kathryn's daughter Emelia Seren.