Abercrombie’s Community Kitchen is proud to announce that Mark Sargeant, Chef & Restaurateur, is the Patron of our charity cafe project.
Owner of Rocksalt, the award-winning restaurant in Folkestone Harbour, along with The Smokehouse on the Stade, Mark brings exceptional talent & enthusiasm for good quality food & a progressive approach to employment within the hospitality industry.
Mark will be supporting our Community Kitchen, helping to raise funds for Mind, the mental health charity, along with providing leadership and guidance as we develop Abercrombie’s into an employment & training hub for people recovering from mental health problems.
The entire team of staff & volunteers are grateful to Mark for his support & passion for a cause which is fundamental to all our lives.
Born in Kent, growing up in Larkfield, attending school in Maidstone, and now the owner of Rocksalt Folkestone, one of the most prestigious restaurants in Kent, Mark Sargeant is a true Kentish Man who has attained incredible heights in his culinary career.
Mark began working in St James, at Boodles Gentleman’s Club, before working in multiple restaurants across Kent and London, including Oliver Peyton’s Coast Restaurant, where he won the Young Chef of the Year Award.
Mark started working with Gordon Ramsay at Aubergine in February 1997, before becoming part of the team to open Restaurant Gordon Ramsay as Sous Chef. During Mark’s four years at the restaurant, it won its coveted three Michelin Stars. Mark was appointed Head Chef of Gordon Ramsay at Claridges in 2001, where he stayed in position for 7 years, in 2002 gaining the restaurant a Michelin Star and winning the title National Chef of the Year.
In June 2011, Mark opened two of his own restaurants in Folkestone, Kent. ‘Rocksalt’, a harbour-front restaurant and bar plus bijou guest rooms, and ‘The Smokehouse’, a fish and chip restaurant and takeaway. Rocksalt has been awarded numerous accolades, including 2 AA Rosettes, plus 4 AA stars for Rocksalt Rooms.
In 2013, Mark went on to open Plum and Spilt Milk, GNH Bar and Kiosk at the Great Northern Hotel in Kings Cross, followed by opening his first pub in 2015 – The Duke William, in Ickham, Kent, before opening The Wife of Bath in Wye, in 2016.
Mark has also written a cookbook, ‘My Kind of Cooking’ which was published in October 2011. He has also appeared on a number of TV programmes, including Saturday Kitchen, ITV’s This Morning, Food Network UK, Beat the Chef, and ITV’s flagship Saturday Cookbook, and collaborated with a range of businesses and brands across the hospitality industry, including Royal Ascot.