Craigs career began as a kitchen porter in London’s Kensington Close Hotel, He then went on to join the Trusthouse Forte International Management training programme, where he spent six months as chef of Grosvenor House Hotel, followed by another six months in the two Michelin-star Plaza Athénée in Paris. Deciding he wanted to be on the managerial side of things, he continued to work at renowned hotels like The Westbury and The Strand Palace, in London before landing the position of General Manager at Northcote in 1983, making him the youngest general manager of a hotel at just 23-years-old. As winner of The Caterer and Hotelkeeper Acorn Award in 1987, Craig worked tirelessly to transform Northcote into the prestigious property it is today.
It was at Northcote that Craig developed his passion for pairing interesting wines with Nigel’s, seasonal British cuisine. The duo were awarded a Michelin star in 1996, making them the only manager and chef to collect the award together. Parallel to the success of Northcote, Craig entered The Academy of Food and Wine Hall of Fame in 2010.
In 2013, Craig won the Association of Portuguese Wine Importers Special Award, which had only been presented three times over the past 25 years, the AA England Wine Award 2013-2014. Most recently, Craig was named Imbibe Hotel Personality of The Year 2014, Hotelier of the Year 2016, Caterer and Hotel Personality of the Year 2017.
This year has also seen Northcote collect the AA Hotel of the Year 2016/17 and also Hotel of the Year Visit England 2017.