Bruce Poole

Bruce was born in Guildford, Surrey in 1964. After attending Charterhouse School and Exeter University – where he read History – he entered the hotel and restaurant industry via a one year hotel management course at Westminster College.

After several years working front-of-house, he started cooking professionally in his mid-twenties as a junior chef at Bibendum Restaurant, London in 1990. A year in the kitchen at The Square followed, and after that he worked at acclaimed restaurant Chez Max as sous and latterly Head Chef.

Chez Bruce opened for business in 1995. Nigel and Bruce added The Glasshouse, in Kew in 1999; and La Trompette, in Chiswick in 2001 to the London-based group.

Bruce has largely eschewed media opportunities to concentrate on the running of the three restaurants.

Bruce slicing ham