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Ivan Tisdall-Downes, Restaurateur & Forager


Outer Bailey Demonstration Stage - Outer Bailey


Ivan Tisdall-Downes entered the world of hospitality almost by accident, teaching himself how to cook using books and TV programmes.

London born Ivan is Head Chef and Co Founder of ‘Native,’ a farm to table restaurant with rooms, set within the beautiful rural location of the Netherwood Estate located on the Herefordshire-Worcestershire border. 

Alongside his business partner and Front of House Imogen Davis, Native offers seasonal, modern British fine dining, with sustainable cooking and a zero waste kitchen practice. 

Mostly self taught, Ivan developed his individual cooking style at River Cottage HQ in Devon and Blue Hill farm 1* at Stone Barns in New York. This fine-tuned his skills and developed his passion for natural, foraged and seasonal produce as well as his belief in zero waste.

Ivan and Imogen began their journey with Native in 2016 near Borough Market in Southwark, before other establishments including Osea Island and Brown’s in Mayfair. Ivan appeared on The Great British Menu (series 15) in 2020, representing London and the South East and has drawn many plaudits from several National Broadsheets for his style of cooking, and is very much a chef to watch.


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