Born in Canterbury, Kent, Daniel spent the first 12 years of his career training in some of the best restaurants in the UK and France.
His time with Jean Bardet in France, whom Daniel cites as his biggest influence, Simon Gueller at Rascasse and Marco Pierre White at The Box Tree, have all contributed to Daniel’s development into one of the countries most respected chefs.
Chef patron of two-Michelin starred restaurant Midsummer House in Cambridge, Daniel is widely regarded as one of the most inventive and gifted chefs of his generation. Renowned for his modern British cooking, underpinned by an unmistakably French style, Daniel reinvents British classics using the finest local produce.
Clifford was awarded his first Michelin star in 2002 at Midsummer House, followed by his second in 2005. It was the only new restaurant to earn a second Michelin star that year, and became one of eleven restaurants in the UK and Ireland to be at that level of the Michelin Guide’s scheme. The restaurant holds five AA Rosettes and was voted the 12th best UK restaurant in the Waitrose Good Food Guide 2014.
In 2014 Midsummer House was voted the best fine dining establishment in the UK and the second-best rated, fine dining establishment in the world by the Travellers’ Choice Restaurant awards, announced by TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site.
Named as one of the winners of the 2012 and 2013 series of the BBC television show the Great British Menu, Daniel has since become a regular TV personality appearing on the likes of MasterChef The Professionals and Saturday Kitchen.
Clifford has been busy with his many television appearances including Burger Bar to Gourmet star, where he transformed a road side burger van owner into a budding chef and for the second year running, Daniels role as a veteran judge sees his regular appearance in 2014, 2015 and again in 2016 on the Great British Menu. AA Hospitality Awards named Daniel Chefs’ Chef of the Year 2015.
Clifford up and running with his new venture, The Flitch of Bacon, a traditional gastro pub with 3 very special bedrooms offering an exciting new menu for lunches and dinners and private parties, located in Little Dunmow, Essex. Already nominated as one of the Top 100 Restaurants in the UK by the Restaurant Awards The Flitch of Bacon looks like it is on its way to bigger things.
Clifford is due to open a new venture, Morgan’s Farm, located in Norton Heath, Essex.
The farm will grow produce to supply both Midsummer House and Flitch of Bacon and will house a delicatessen shop selling homemade produce, a fishery, a purpose-built venue for 300 and a cookery school which will attract guest chefs and provide a full programme of culinary events.
Daniel’s passions outside of work revolve strongly around family life with his partner, five daughters and his two beloved Bulldogs. He is a keen carp angler which fills the rest of his time.