Richard Bainbridge

Chef Patron


Richard, originally from Norwich has travelled and worked his way through some of the most amazing Restaurants and countries across the globe. He has worked for Michel Roux Senior at the 3 Michelin Starred Waterside Inn, for Günter Seeger (NY), Kevin Thornton (Dublin) and upon his return to Norfolk he was head chef at Galton Blackiston's Morston Hall. 

Richard opened Benedicts with his wife Katja in June 2015.
He is the beating heart and soul of Benedicts which since opening has been named in The Times Top 100 Restaurants in the UK, Square Meal Top 100 and EDP Norfolk's Best Restaurant, alongside a rating of 6 in the Good Food Guide. Benedicts was awarded 3 AA Rosettes in January 2018.

In 2015 he won BBC 2's Great British Menu  and returned in 2017 as a Veteran Judge on the program judging the chefs of the central region.

He writes a monthly food column in the Eastern Daily Press and has his own monthly slot on Radio Norfolk on the Chrissie Jackson Show. 





Katja Bainbridge

Managing Director

Katja, aka the Eyes and Ears of the place, can be found over all floors at Benedicts, managing and running the business. 

She also looks after public relations, social media, communication, is often seen behind the lens to photograph the beauty that happens at Benedicts every day or found growing edible flowers and foraging for new and exciting ingredients in the fields of Norfolk with the help of her 2 beautiful Girls.  





Ashley Williamson

Head Chef


Ashley has been a fundamental part of the Benedicts Kitchen since Day 1. 
Originally from North Norfolk, Ashley has worked in the Michelin starred kitchen of Morston Hall with Richard since 2012 and has moved along to join Team Benedicts for the opening in June 2015.

Ashley's dedication, hard work and love for the kitchen makes him an absolut force and Richard's right hand man. 



Nicole Cachao


Restaurant Manager

Nicole joined the Team in January 2017 and has brought a wealth of experience and bags of enthusiasm with her. She manages the Restaurant, keeps the staff on their toes, is mother hen to all and right hand woman to Richard and Katja. 

Nicole's dedication, passion and attention to detail maintains a professional, approachable and unintrusive service.  




Adam Vass

Drinks Manager

Adam lives and breathes Hospitality and has done so all his life. Originally from Bungay in Suffolk, he has worked for some of the best Restaurants in the UK, at Heston Blumenthal's Dinner, Gordon Ramsey's Maze and Jason Atherton's City Social. After a few years of lecturing Hospitality at Lowestoft College, he has joined Team Benedicts in November 2015 just a few months after opening. 

His wealth of experience and passion for wine maintains a classic yet avant garde wine list.