Meet the chefs behind Roots

Our in-house catering team, Roots, has now been serving up delicious dishes to wedding guests for over 6 months. With a brand new kitchen, new team and a busy season, they hit the ground running and the feedback from couples has made all the hard work worth it.

With a background in farming, Southend Barns owners Mariella and William, have always been passionate about food. The name Roots came from Mariella’s love of beetroot and also her belief that the finest foods start from the very best ingredients. From the very beginning, the ethos behind Roots has always been based on creating fresh, seasonal, creative food which is bursting with flavours.

Driving the Roots ethos forward is a fantastic new team who have been brought together to produce exciting and seasonal menus.

The team behind each plate of food served is made up of:

Dan Clarke – Executive Chef

Dan came on board to help set up Roots and has played a key part in designing the new kitchen and installing all the systems and procedures needed. Dan also works with our Head Chef and the team in menu and personal development.

Favourite Meal – Ham, egg and chips with lots of brown sauce

Dream Dinner Guests – Al Pacino, Peter Kay, Marco Pierre White and Elton John

Krystal Bishop – Head Chef

Krystal has been at the helm since the launch of Roots. With lots of experience in the industry, she has a passion for food that is rarely seen these days. She loves to run a happy, busy kitchen and leads by example.

Favourite Meal – Lasagne, salad and a diet coke

Dream Dinner Guests – Kate Winslet, Pink, David Beckham and Gordon Ramsay

Rachel Burroughs – Chef de Partie

Rachel has also been with us from the start. She joined Roots from a luxury hotel based locally so has had a great start to her career as a chef. Full of energy and ideas, Rachel has a real eye for detail.

Favourite Meal – Mum’s spaghetti bolognese

Dream Dinner Guests – Rob Beckett, Harry Redknapp, Jack Whitehall and Freddie Flintoff

Our chefs work closely with our wedding co-ordinators – Alice, Sophie and Amie – who look after couples from the initial enquiry right through to the wedding day, and our fantastic front of house team, which consists of Leah, Laura and Marc who are supported by a part time team of 15 staff.