Damian joined Petersham Nurseries as Head Chef in 2014 having previously been Head Chef at HIX Soho and Executive Chef at Cotswold House where he won the Cotswold Chef of the Year Award.
Damian’s passion for cooking with quality produce developed at a young age; his grandfather was a butcher at Smithfields who owned a farm in Ireland. Damian started his career at the age of 18 at J Sheekey under Tim Hughes where his passion for sustainable seafood was established. He then joined the team at the famed Putney Bridge under Anthony Demetre, where he honed many of the skills that he still uses today. Damian then went on to Thyme where he worked under Adam Byatt who he credits as one of the most influential chefs in his career.
Damian uses the abundance of fresh ingredients and flowers available at Petersham Nurseries in many of his dishes. He has drawn upon his wealth of experience and passion for food, taking Petersham Nurseries Café to the next level. He has also taken the brand away from its Richmond location into the Oxfordshire countryside, at Wilderness Festival and into the art world of Frieze London in Regents Park. In 2017, Damian took the position of Chef Director, overseeing both Richmond and Covent Garden.