Originally from Yorkshire, Shaun honed his skills at The Mayfair Hotel in London. His love of the sea originally took him to the Channel Islands where he very quickly earned his first Michelin star in 2005. He was British Chef of the year in 2006 and shot to culinary fame in 2009 in BBC Two’s Great British Menu. In 2010 he launched his TV Series, Island Feast accompanied by the cookbook Seasoned Islands. On opening the highly anticipated Ormer restaurant in St. Helier, Jersey 2013, he received a Michelin star just four months later. He has since received 3AA Rosettes and won “Restaurant of the Year – Best Newcomer” in the coveted Food and Travel magazine. Ormer Jersey was crowned ‘Fine Dine Restaurant of the Year’ at the inaugural Jersey Style Awards in 2017.
Shaun began a partnership with Flemings Mayfair Hotel in 2016 and his Ormer Mayfair restaurant within the hotel was the location for the 2017 Masterchef UK, contestants being put to the test under Shaun’s careful guidance. A subsequent introduction in 2018 to the much talked about Grantley Hall project in Yorkshire lead to his appointment as Food and Beverage Consultant. In this role he has helped create and bring vision to all the restaurants; through from kitchen design to hand selection of glassware, so as to dovetail the dining experiences with the concepts. Shaun now runs his own fine dining restaurant Shaun Rankin at Grantley Hall at this much celebrated venue in the Yorkshire Dales.
The quality of the ingredients that Shaun uses is of paramount importance and he is passionate about seafood, welfare and sustainable food production. He visited Wester Ross sea farms in 2019 to see and experience for himself our all natural, ethical, traditional and sustainable methods of farming. The care and attention that goes into the hand rearing of our salmon is evident in the premium texture and taste for which Wester Ross is known. And thus the collaboration began; culminating in Shaun’s formal, professional endorsement of our artisan salmon as Brand Ambassador.