Adam Gray grew up in East Haddon, Northamptonshire. He attended Northampton College where he completed a three-year day release City and Guilds Catering Course whilst working full time at The Red Lion in East Haddon, and then at Broomhill Hotel in Spratton.
Shortly after in 1989, Adam moved to London to embark on his career working for Bruno Loubet at the Four Seasons Hotel on Park Lane until 1992. After a short spell in Melbourne, Australia, Adam returned to the UK to work at the world-famous Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons in Oxfordshire for two years.
In 2001, Adam met Gary Rhodes, and was appointed Head Chef at City Rhodes until 2003, where he maintained a Michelin star. Adam went on to open the new restaurant Rhodes Twenty Four at Tower 42 in the heart of the city of London. Under his direction the restaurant was awarded the BMW Best New Restaurant in the 2004 spring edition of The Square Meal Guide and in 2005 Rhodes Twenty Four was awarded a Michelin star and in 2007 Rhodes Twenty Four also received three AA rosettes.
In 2003 Adam set up the “Adam Gray Chef’s Academy” at Northampton College to offer work experience opportunities to gifted catering and hospitality students. Over its seven year existence more than 40 students completed work experience placements at Rhodes Twenty Four and some securing full time employment within the kitchen and the restaurant.
In 2010 Adam became co owner of The Red Lion in his home village of East Haddon and in the summer of 2011 the Shires Cookery School opened within a converted barn in the grounds of The Red Lion. The school offered an extensive range of courses designed to improve culinary skills and techniques.
In September 2011 Adam left Rhodes Twenty Four after maintaining a Michelin star for over ten years to focus on the Red Lion. The Red Lion then went from strength to strength, being included in the 2012 Good Food Guide and being selected as one of the Editors choice top ten “country pubs” in the guide. The Red Lion was also awarded a Bib Gourmand in the 2012 and the 2013 UK Michelin Restaurant Guide.
Adam is a member of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts, a Northamptonshire Ambassador, a Master Craftsman within the Craft Guild of Chefs, an Honorary Patron of The Hope Enterprise Charity and a judge for the Coeliac UK chef of the year competition.
In 2012 he was awarded an Honorary Master of Science from Northamptonshire University in recognition of his commitment to training and development within catering and hospitality industry. In June 2013 Adam was awarded an Association of Colleges Gold Award at the House of Commons for his successful career after leaving secondary education.
Adam is very keen on keeping fit, cycling 30 miles a day, open water swimming, training in Krav Maga (Israeli unarmed combat) and he has competed in Victoria Dock and Swim Serpentine open water swimming races, Tough Mudder, Hell Runner, Spartan Sprint and Vertical Rush, the tower race to the top of Tower 42 in the City of London, with his best result placing him 12th out of 900 runners! So it makes perfect sense that he is a features writer for Men’s Fitness magazine, Men’s Health magazine and Alpha Man online magazine.
In 2013, Adam was appointed Executive Chef of Skylon restaurant for D & D London, in the iconic Royal Festival Hall on the Southbank, London, where he worked until 2015. Adam then went on to be appointed the Executive Chef for the Bourne and Hollingsworth group where he oversaw the B & H Buildings restaurant and opened the successful B & H Kitchen cookery school until 2017.