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Award-winning chef and restauranteur, living between the uk, mexico, middle east, africa, north and south america who has been privileged to cook for heads of state, politicians and celebrities from around the world.

Creating contemporary dishes that blend European and Mexican cuisine, showcasing a profound appreciation for the art of traditional, wood-fired cooking.

Having opened his own lauded restaurant, Stovell’s, in Surrey in 2012, Fernando now brings his unique personality and style to the screen, having featured on a number of live TV shows including Saturday Kitchen, Market Kitchen for the BBC, Sky TV UK and MasterChef Mexico ‘TV Azteca’, Hotel VIP ‘Televisa, Univision’. México and USA.

Fernando, born and raised in Mexico City, has a multicultural background with a British mother, Mexican father, and Austrian grandmother. However, his journey took an unexpected turn when he arrived in London in 1997. Contrary to his father’s belief that he was pursuing a Business qualification, Fernando secretly enrolled in a culinary course at Westminster Kingsway College.

  • 2000
  • Fernando started work in his first professional kitchen with a stagiaire at a legendary, three Michelin-starred restaurant in Paris. The year spent in Paris gave him valuable experience of all aspects of high-end, French cuisine, and when he returned to London, it was to work under the tutelage of Eric Chavot, at the two Michelin-starred restaurant at The Capital Hotel.
  • 2002 / 2006
  • In 2002, Fernando achieved his first head chef position at The Wellington Club in Knightsbridge, where he had the privilege of serving esteemed guests such as Leonardo Di Caprio, David & Victoria Beckham, Steven Spielberg, Oliver Stone, Guy Ritchie,Simon Cowell, Michael Schumacher, David Coulthard,Mick Jagger, Bono, Roger Taylor, Mickey Rourke, Damien Hurst, Billy Zane, David Bowie, and Roger Moore.
  • 2006 / 2012
  • He moved on to take over the kitchen and restaurant at The Cuckoo Club – an exclusive private members club in London which went on to be voted one of Tatler magazine’s best restaurants in the UK. Guests here included Prince William, Prince Harry, Princess Beatrice, Former President Lic. Carlos Salinas de Gortari, Roman Abramovich, Noel and Liam Gallagher, Axl Rose, Orlando Bloom, Mick Jagger and Fernando’s close friend Paul Young and family. Fernando served as a private chef for the Mexican Ambassador to the UK, catering to a diverse range of events including VIP functions and intimate private meals. Additionally, he had the opportunity to prepare meals for an array of clients, spanning from former Egyptian President Mubarak & family, Former MD of Barclays Bank and family, Tennis player Greg Rusedski and family.

1999 to 2020

Fernando has held the esteemed position of being the exclusive Executive European Chef for a prominent head of state from the Middle East. During their residences in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, he has meticulously overseen and managed all catering services with utmost dedication and expertise.

Functions were attended by illustrious guests including the British royal family, former British prime ministers, heads of state & notable individuals of various European countries, graced these events. Some of the distinguished attendees included:

Among them were Late HR Queen Elizabeth II, Late Prince Philip (Duke of Edinburgh), HR King Charles III, former Prime Ministers Sir John Mayor, Sir Anthony Blair, James Gordon Brown, and David Cameron. Additionally, former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott, former Prime Minister Elizabeth Truss, former Foreign Minister William Hague, Member of House of Lords Michael Howard, Late Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said of Oman, Deputy Prime Minister Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud Al Said of Oman, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani of Qatar, former Emir Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah of Kuwait, King Abdullah II of Jordan, former President Jacques Chirac of France, former President Nicolas Sarkozy of France, former President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder of Germany, were in attendance. Air Marshal Sir Erick Peter Bennet KBE, CB, CVO, Principal adviser to Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Al Said, and Brigadier James Timothy Landon of Canada , KCVO , Businessman & Political Consultant Late Dr Zawawi Omar Bin Abd al-Munin of Oman / Pakistan were also among the distinguished guests.

  • 2012
  • Fernando realised his dream by opening his own restaurant, Stovell’s, in the picturesque village of Chobham, Surrey. The restaurant, which includes a bar and private dining room, goes from strength to fulfilling his lifelong aspiration, Fernando brought his vision to life by establishing his own restaurant, Stovell’s, nestled in the picturesque village of Chobham, Surrey. Since its inception, the restaurant has garnered increasing acclaim, receiving glowing reviews from esteemed journalists such as Jay Rayner in The Observer and Tom Parker Bowles in the Mail on Sunday. Notable accolades have also been awarded upon Stovell’s.
  • 2013
  • Stovell’s, led by renowned chef Fernando Stovell, shines as the Surrey county’s top restaurant and chef of the year, as recognised by Surrey Magazine and restaurant awards. It has been granted three AA Rosettes by the esteemed AA guide and has secured a highly sought-after place in The Michelin guide, renowned for being worth a special visit.
  • 2014
  • Building on the accomplishments of Stovell’s, Fernando’s sets itself apart as one of just 35 restaurants nationwide to hold four AA Rosettes. It has been recognised as the Chef of the Year, Restaurant of the Year, and ranked as the 16th Best Restaurant in the Country by Square Meal. Fernando’s extraordinary talent and determined dedication were acknowledged in 2015 when he was honoured with the esteemed Chef of the Year award by the Good Food Guide Award. Among his notable clients at the restaurant are Peter Cech and family, Michael Keaton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, and other esteemed individuals.
  • 2015 / 2016 / 2017
  • Fernando and his co-creator and Bar manager, Geyan Surendran, introduced the exquisite Stovell’s Wildcrafted Gin distilled in house. This exceptional gin is meticulously handcrafted, utilising carefully selected botanicals that mirror the ingredients found in the restaurant’s kitchen. This creation showcases the shared passion of Fernando and Geyan for the art of mixology. With an impressive 97% of the botanicals sourced from Britain, it has gained recognition as the fourth best international gin. Moreover, Fernando has made frequent appearances as a guest chef on the live BBC1 show, Saturday Kitchen, alongside Chef James Martin and Chef Matt Telbutt, starting from 2008 up to 2017. Additionally, he has served as a guest teacher for the Saturday Kitchen Experience, imparting his knowledge to enthusiasts of the popular show in the UK. Fernando embarked on a journey, venturing to renowned restaurants acclaimed by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants in Spain, Austria, France, and Scandinavian countries. During his travels, he engaged in stagiaire positions, refining his skills and gaining invaluable experience in these esteemed culinary establishments.
  • 2018 / 2021
  • While in Mexico, Fernando Stovell assumed the position of a judge on Masterchef Mexico for three consecutive years, from 2019 to 2022. He also made noteworthy guest appearances on various Mexican television shows and participated in interviews with renowned journalists and broadcasters from Univision, Televisa, Imagen TV, and Tv Azteca.. Additionally, he provided private catering services to various high-profile clients, and served as an ambassador for esteemed brands such as Vita cocina, Licor 43 Horchata, Monogram, Zegna, Casa Rionda, and Feb 31st glassware.
  • 2022 / 2023
  • Fernando Stovell has taken the prestigious role of Director at the Hispanic Restaurant Association USA (HRA). In addition, he holds the roles of Educator & Chief, Chairman, and founder at The Quetzales Guide, an organisation based in the US and México. Furthermore, he has been appointed as the Chef Specialist for the TV show ‘El Hotel VIP,’ which was filmed in Argentina in early 2023. The show is scheduled to be broadcasted on Televisa and Univision starting from September 2023, reaching audiences in the USA, Mexico, and parts of South America. The show consists of 45 episodes.

Career highlights:

Private Executive European Chef for Head of State from Middle East 1999 / 2020. Oman

Private Executive Chef for the State Visit of Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II and HRH Duke of Edinburgh to the Middle East in 2010; prepared breakfast, lunch and dinner every day as well as catering and in charge for banquets and special events 400pax.

Trained 21 butlers from various palaces from The Middle East in UK residence.
Chef Patrón of Stovell’s since 2012, one of only 35 restaurants in the country to hold four AA Rosettes, voted Chef of the Year, Restaurant of the Year and 16th Best Restaurant in the Country by Square Meal.
  Cooking demonstration at the Sirha 2011 exhibition Bocuse D’Or, representing Bonnet Maestro and All Clad Line presentation for the late chef Paul Bocuse. UK
Designed a 9-course tasting menu for press and VIP clients to showcase during the launch of Don Perignon Vintage 2000 at The Cuckoo Club, in collaboration with renowned two Michelin Star Chef John Campbell. UK
Regular Guest Chef appearances on the live BBC1 show, Saturday Kitchen with Chef James Martin and Chef Matt Telbutt since 2008 to date, and Guest Teacher for the Saturday Kitchen Experience teaching enthusiasts of the popular show 2015,2016 UK
Guest Chef on the Sky Food Network UK’s Market Kitchen (2008, 2009, 2010).UK
Stargee under Chef / Patron Bittor Arguinzoniz at the award-winning Asador Extebarri, Spain – 6th in the San Pellegrino 50 Best Restaurants in the World (2008-2018).
Trained at a three Michelin Star, Paris, for nearly a year.
Worked under chef Eric Chavot and the two Michelin Star The Capital in London.
Assisted world-renowned chef Jamie Oliver with his first solo opening in the UK following his debut as The Naked Chef, alongside chef Ben O’Donahue,
Guest Judge on Tv Azteca for Masterchef Mexico 2019, 2020 , 2021, 2022
Guest for various shows and journalists, broadcasters such as Univision, Televisa, Imagen TV, Tv Azteca , Gastrolab “El Heraldo” México City
MC, judge & global ambassador for The Hispanic Restaurant Association. Colorado

Chairman for Quetzales guide 2022/2023 U.S. / México
Ambassaor for Vita cocina, Licor 43 Horchata, Monogram, Ermenegildo Zegna, Casa Rionda, Feb 31st glassware
Chef Specialist for Hotel VIP, Mexico . Televisa, Univision. Prime time 2023 filmed in Buenos Aires, Argentina


• Saturday Kitchen (BBC)

• Saturday Kitchen Experience

• Market Kitchen (Sky Food Network)

• MasterChef Mexico (TV Azteca)