Born and raised in Newcastle, Alex and Peter both started their life long obsession with food in their family homes with Stuart (Alex’s father) and Anne (Peter’s mother) both making the respective family meals an exciting and integral part of family life. Dinner parties were a regular occurrence in both homes and even though the two had not met they both started their individual journeys at this young age, with Peter really enjoying the food while Alex seemed to enjoy playing host and making sure the guests needs were met.
It wasn’t until secondary school that Alex and Peter first met. It is safe to say that it wasn’t necessarily friendship at first sight, however, as the two got to know more about each other, and especially their mutual love for culinary arts, a life long friendship was ignited, which only got stronger as they would spend time cooking food together and they have been best friends for over 20 years now. Soon enough they were putting on dinner parties for their families, spending whole days in the kitchen. These remain some of their fondest memories.
The pair finished school and went their separate ways but remained best friends. Alex traveled the world working in hospitality and Peter went to London to forge his career as a chef. It wasn’t until the two returned to Newcastle that they actually worked together at the renowned Jesmond Dene House. By this point Peter had gained experience working for some of the best chefs in the country and Alex had really found his feet in the world of wine. Working closely together they both found an appreciation of what each could bring to the experience of dining at Jesmond Dene House, creating original food and wine pairings. Their hard work paid off as during this time Peter’s food helped retain the 3 AA Rosette status and Alex received his first AA Notable Wine List award. Again their careers went separate ways with Peter moving around the regions top restaurants to further his experience and Alex becoming an integral part in the beverage operation at Jesmond Dene House.
Both found frustrations in the industry and wanted to give a more personal and intimate dining experience. One night over dinner the idea of providing bespoke dining experiences started to snowball and during their second bottle of red the idea for a business began to form. This was based around a completely unique menu and experience tailored towards the customers wants and needs but where could they start this in a city saturated with chain restaurants and high commercial property prices? They struck on gold when they realised they could take this experience directly to the customer…
and The Nomads' Table was born.