Stephen learnt his craft at several of London's top restaurants, including Marco Pierre White's first restaurant Harvey's and Michel Roux's Le Gavroche. He worked with Nick Nairn in Scotland before returning to London to open Canteen with Marco Pierre White and actor Michael Caine.
It was here that he earned a Michelin star for the restaurant, at the age of 25. He then worked at two Michelin-starred establishments in St Tropez, Paris and London, before spending time travelling. Stephen opened the Walnut Tree restaurant in 2001 and won a Michelin star the following year. After another stint in London, he opened The Hardwick, a country pub-restaurant in Abergavenny, in Wales.