Our Team

BrianPorteus

Chef Brian, an Irish national, has more than 20 years of international culinary experience in deluxe hotels and restaurants.  Prior to his present appointment, he was at the exclusive Sandy Lane Resort, and executive chef at Cobblers Cove Relais & Chateaux, Barbados.

Chef Brian is a classically French-trained chef who received training in some of the world’s most exclusive restaurants, including the exclusive Shangri-La Resort in the Maldives, Michelin-starred restaurant 90 Park Lane at Grosvenor House Hotel, London, & Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons At one time in his career, he was also chef instructor at the Castle Leslie Cookery School in Glaslough (Ireland).

Chef Brian’s cooking style is based on traditional French techniques, imbued with modern and mature fusion cuisine, emphasising simplicity, freshness and natural textures with cultural influences.  Chef Brian believes in enthusing imagination in the kitchen and in sourcing ingredients locally when possible, and always at their freshest.

“Great cuisine can only be achieved by resourcefulness, and a great chef has to know and respect products, what’s best in season, what’s possible and act on that knowledge.  My objective here at The Old River House is to create not just great dishes but also memorable dining experiences,” said Chef Brian.