Chef Cecil Gill is Executive Chef at the Historic Savannah Beach Hotel which is known for its amazing atmosphere and explosive culinary delights. Chef Cecil Gill was born twenty-six days after Barbados became an independent nation, in a little fishing village called Brandon’s on the outskirts of the Capital Bridgetown. The Barbadian native was raised by his grandmother and started cooking at the tender age of ten, at a small beach front guest house name Bay View under the watchful eye of the caretaker.
After going through the local school system he entered the then Barbados Hotel School and won the Barbados Hilton Award for the most Outstanding Cookery Student. After little odd jobs in various hotels around the island to get some much needed income, he landed his first real job as a Chef Tornant at the Sandy Lane Hotel. Within six months Cecil was enrolled at The Culinary Institute of America, he also studied at Apicius Culinary Institute in Florence and the Italian Culinary Academy in Italy as this is one of the requirements while working and training in Italy.
Chef Cecil Gill has worked at Heywood’s Resort, The Hilton Hotel, before becoming Head Chef of the once Famous Reid’s Restaurant on what in known as the Gold Coast of Barbados. He also worked at a number of hotels across Europe including Regent Palace and Westbury Plaza in London, The Sheraton Milano, Forte Village Sardinia Italy, and The Mercure Hotel in France. He later became the Executive Chef of the former Almond Beach Village.
His love for this culinary art form has lead him to travelled as far England Italy, France, Belgium, Holland, Austria, Germany, Switzerland so as to get a first-hand look and understanding the uniqueness of their Art form.
Chef Cecil’s love for creativity and bold flavors has afforded him the opportunity to work with teams that catered to famous persons, such as Queen Elisabeth and Prince Charles, President Fidel Castro, President Ronald Reagan, Tiger Woods, and the list goes on. He also appeared on Stephanie Abrams radio and television show, which is view in 250+ major markets with a nine million listener reach.
Chef Cecil Gill believes in perfection but will ONLY tolerate excellence and thinks that it is not good enough to do your best but first, you have to know what you are doing and then do your best. When not on the job he is at his West Coast home spending quality time with his closely knit family.
Meet Chef Cecil Gill; Executive Chef of Rachel’s Restaurant, Drifter’s Beach Bar & Restaurant & Chopstixx Noodle Bar all located at The Savannah Beach Hotel, Hastings, Christ Church.