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  • Retire with style at The Hawthorns
  • Retire with style at The Hawthorns
  • Retire with style at The Hawthorns
  • Retire with style at The Hawthorns

Chef to the stars lands at The Hawthorns

WHEN you’ve cooked for thousands at the Olympics and, before that, the likes of Madonna, Pink, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder and Christina Aguilera, life at an Eastbourne retirement development should be calm by comparison.

But for Sean Paterson, newly appointed head chef at The Hawthorns in Carew Road, the road ahead is more of a challenge to him than the Olympics.

Sean was asked 18 months ago by the Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS) if he would head up the catering at the Royal Artillery Barracks in London for the broadcasting and commentating teams and the athletes’ families.

At the time, Sean was busy travelling the world as a personal chef to some of the biggest names in pop. He was Pink’s personal chef for 18 months. The call from the OBS was too big a challenge for 38-year-old Sean to turn down.

“I must have visited and cooked in just about every country in the world whilst I was on the rock ‘n’ roll circuit. It was great fun but you can only do it for so long. The call from the OBS offered me a fresh challenge. I was planning it for 18 months and, in the end, it went remarkably smoothly. The biggest challenge was overseeing three meals a day for so many different nationalities. I’d start at 3.30am and finish about 10.30pm,” said Sean.

So after so much trekking around the world and then the excitement of the Olympics, what brought him to Eastbourne and The Hawthorns?

“To be honest, after the past five years, I was looking at semi-retirement. When I was younger, I spent time in Broadstairs training as a chef at Thanet College, and I always liked the area. When I looked around the wide area, I came to Eastbourne and fell in love with it.

“The Hawthorns is an exceptionally high quality development and I have already discovered many of the residents have a very good knowledge of food. My challenge is to prepare and present meals which tick the boxes of some 100 people who may have different ideas on what represents a really enjoyable meal. I’ll be talking with them and, between us, I hope to come up with something really special,” said Sean.

So well was his Olympic work received, he has already been approached to work at the winter Olympics in Russia in 2014 and the next Olympics in Brazil in 2016, so residents at The Hawthorns may have to do without their in-demand chef for a few weeks.