Steve White Multi award winning Steve White, aged 41, from Newport, has had a long and distinguished career in cooking his next step is as head chef at Newport’s newest restaurant Sixteen. Most recently head chef at The Ruperra Arms, Bassaleg, Newport Steve has been recruited by entrepreneurial city based restaurant business Niche Hospitality, which already has Mojo The FoodBar and Riverside Bar and Kitchen in Clarence Place in its stable. Steve said, “From a very young age I was brought up with cooking all around me from my dad growing fruit, vegetables and herbs in his garden to my mum and grandmothers making jams, chutneys and pickles, fresh bread proving in our airing cupboard to cooking toast on an open wood burning fire at my gran’s house. “My background has mainly been in hotels as I started my catering career 27 years ago from at the age of 14. I was in the kitchens of the Celtic Manor on work experience knowing that this was the trade I wanted to be in. “Working in all of the hotels Newport has, or had in those days, I felt I needed a change so I went into the public house / restaurant trade where I knew my experience would be more appreciated in the fields of pastry chef and banqueting chef at the Celtic Manor.” During his time at the Celtic Manor Steve gained a number of accolades including: Welsh Culinary Champion 1995, cooked for Her Royal Highness The Queen in 2002, Welsh International Culinary champion 2006 and Good Food award winner 2015, 2016 and 2017.