A CHEF from the Bronx who once cooked for George Bush, Tony Blair and Vladimir Putin is enjoying life behind the grill at a Kelsall pub.
New Yorker Henry Pimental moved to the area to live with his Cheshire wife Victoria, and is an integral part of the recent regeneration of the Morris Dancer.
Henry first came to Britain as head chef at Gleneagles Championship Golf Course in Scotland where he cooked for 500 delegates including some of the world’s leaders at the G8 Summit in 2005.
American president Bush presented Henry with a pair of personally engraved cuff links as a thank you for his services during the summit.
He said: “It was just amazing. It’s something I am very proud of and I’ll always remember it.
“It was hard work to be constantly providing food for 500 delegates. For instance, if George Bush was eating and then suddenly he’d need to move rooms or go somewhere, we’d have to cook him something new and have it ready.
“It was tough but it was an amazing experience.”
Growing up in a tough New York neighbourhood, village life in Kelsall must seem to be at the opposite end of the social spectrum but Henry believes rural Chester is now his home.
He said: “It’s beautiful here. I just love the countryside and the peaceful way of life. I don’t think I could go back to work in a place like New York now.
“The people here are friendly and it’s great to be part of what Paul and Rachel are doing.”
Joint licensee Paul Sweeney added: “Locals and families are coming back to us now as we can provide them with good pub food on one side and fine dining on the other.”