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About Darren

I am the Chef Director of ‘by Darren Rogan’ and Chef of the Year 2019, Taste of Excellence Awards.


Having started training aged 15 I immediately fell in love with the industry. Despite working in kitchens for 17 years now my passion hasn’t waned. I continue to enjoy using different ingredients, trying new and unusual flavour combinations and using modern cooking techniques.


As a Proud Yellowbelly, using fresh, local, seasonal produce wherever possible is really important to me as I believe it captures the time of year and enhances the flavour of the dish. There’s such a variety and such great quality produce here in the county it would be silly to look elsewhere. I use local meats, fish, veg and cheeses which I feel helps to include a unique sense of Lincolnshire into the dishes I create.


To me the perfect plate of food is as impressive visually as its tastes with a perfect balance of colours, textures and flavours I like to research different ingredients, cultures and modern food trends to create innovative and quirky new dishes.


I specialise in bespoke private dining and offering my clients a bit of a different culinary experience.

Over the years I’ve developed my own eclectic style of cooking. I enjoy pushing boundaries with my work, using modern techniques and new and unusual flavour combinations to create food that’s exciting and original.

Throughout my career my passion for creating great food has seen me win multiple awards

Chef Director - ‘by DARREN ROGAN’
Chef of the year 2019 – Taste of excellence awards

Executive Chef - ‘Caviars & The Separatist’
Restaurant of the Year 2016 - Eastside Restaurant of the Year Awards
Best Pub 2016 - Eastside Restaurant of the Year Awards
Best Contemporary 2016- Eastside Restaurant of the Year Awards

Head Chef - ‘The Tower Hotel’
AA Rosette 2012 – 2015
Food Hero 2015 - Bailgate Independent


We booked Darren for our 10th wedding anniversary the quality of the food was exceptional. The whole experience is something we will talk about for years to come I would definitely recommend it.”