Sandy Park’s summer signing enjoyed a dream debut as he delivered a mouth-watering first showing at the Exeter Chiefs Season Launch Dinner.
In his first outing as Head Chef at Exeter’s Premier Conference & Banqueting Centre, Sam Billson showcased his culinary talents to the full, producing an eye-catching menu that delivered for the 470 guests in attendance.
Devon born-and-bred, the 27-year-old was already well versed in the heat of the Sandy Park kitchen, having worked previously as Chef de Partie and Sous Chef under Denis Turner, who had been Head Chef for the past five years.
Now Sam is ready to take centre stage himself, taking on the demanding role of feeding the masses who come to visit at the home of the reigning Aviva Premiership Rugby champions.
“I’m really excited about the challenge and the demands of the new role,” said Sam. “Having already been part of the Sandy Park team for a number of years I know what’s expected of the place and the high standards that have been set.
“This is, however, a huge opportunity for me and one that I am really looking forward to taking on. To be in charge of the Sandy Park kitchen and the great team we have here is a huge honour, but with it comes great responsibility.
“Obviously my aim is to put my mark on the whole kitchen, the menus and the food we are producing, but it’s also a case of building on all that we have achieved in the past under Denis. He set a very high standard and now it’s my job to take that standard onto another level.”