One of Hayden’s mantra’s is “The only limitations are those that you set yourself”, which perfectly sums up his forthright attitude and burning ambition to succeed.
He has been responsible for catering for an array of prestigious events including the Annual Lord Mayor’s Dinner, a canapé party for the Queen and a selection of bespoke and distinguished functions for international royalty. He has won a number of prestigious accolades in culinary competitions such as the Parade Des Chefs where he is a four-time Gold medallist. He was named Craft Guild of Chefs Food service Chef of the Year in 2006
In 2013 he won the National Chef of the year and was the first foodservice chef in the competitions 44 year history to do so.
A Chef Catey recognising his contribution to the industry followed in 2015.
Hayden has proudly demonstrated in food shows from Milan to Ludlow and has now forged a relationship as a consultant with Borough Market where he demos in the market kitchen and writes a monthly food blog and recipes promoting seasonal produce.
Hayden enjoys pushing himself for charity outside of the kitchen whether it is completing a stair run for Galvin’s chance or in the boxing ring as a first-time boxer for the same good cause.
Hayden rode the 2015 Tour de France route one day before the Pros raising £63k for Cure Leukaemia and in 2017 he took his charity challenges to the next level by riding all three grand tours – Giro d’Italia, Tour de France and La Vuelta, at the same time crafting a charity cookbook inspired by the 10,400km journey.
‘Back in the Saddle’ was been chosen by the World Gourmand Awards to represent the UK in three categories at the world finals in Yantai; China May 2018, it proudly achieved a rare double win. And he has now exceeded £165K in personal fundraising.