Shaun Hill first came to international attention as head chef of the esteemed country house hotel Gidleigh Park. As chef-proprietor of the Michelin starred Merchant House in Ludlow he earned respect internationally, among chefs and diners alike, for his use of good ingredients and for the excellence of food served. The Merchant House was voted the 14th best restaurant in the world by chefs and restaurant critics in the Restaurant Magazine top 300 in 2003. Since The Merchant House closed its doors in 2005, Most recently Shaun has overseen the selection of food and wine at Fortnum & Mason's new restaurants. In 2006 he opened the Glasshouse Brasserie in Worcester and will be reopening the Walnut Tree in Abergavenny.