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The Dog at Wingham’s kitchen is run by Head Chef Mark Kember, Mark is a Whitstable local. He studied at Thanet Technical College, Broadstairs and began his career at Milland Place Hotel in Hampshire. He went on to cook at several establishments across the UK over the last 20 years, mainly in London, including The Waldorf, The Langham, The Delaunay and Hilton Park Lane. Recently Mark and his family have returned to live in the place he loves, he sees The Dog as an exciting project to be a part of and this reflects in his food; offering a classic British menu with contemporary twists, supporting local suppliers wherever possible.

In running our outstanding kitchen Mark is supported by Tom Dawson and Samuel McClurkin.

Tom has been with us since day one and worked on the refurbishment and implementation of the new kitchen. Tom was Head Chef at the two AA rosette Wallets Court. He studied at South Kent College and started his career at The Marquis in Alkham working under Charlie Lakin, they received a Michelin rising star award and went on to attain three AA rosettes. Tom then spent two years at Wallets Court under Chris Oakley, a former Head Chef for the Roux’s, then moved on to Princes’ Golf Club to work under Michael Fowler, where they earned two AA rosettes and worked together in a number of acclaimed kitchens. To add to his repertoire, Tom also spent a year at the acclaimed Indian restaurant The Ambrette, before returning to Wallets Court where he went on to become Head Chef.

Samuel McClurkin, at just 21 describes himself as “a small town chef with a big aspiration.” Sam studied professional kitchen cookery for three years and this created the aspiring chef he is today. Hungry for a constant stream of knowledge about food trends he’s worked under Tom Kerridge at The Hand and Flowers and Stephen Harris at The Sportsman. He’s competed internationally in the south of France – Cannes to represent his college and won the “Entente Cordial”. The competition involved 8 colleges and universities of France and Britain. He’s worked multiple times within Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace to serve the royal family and The Queen herself.

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