Darrell started his career as a chef in 1995 at the age of 19 working as a commis chef at the 5 star Vienna Marriott Hotel in Vienna which in turn led to positions in Frankfurt and the kitchen of Hostellerie Crillon le Brave in Provence, France.
Upon returning to the UK, Darrell worked his way through several award winning restaurants including the Old Bridge at Huntingdon and Bailiffscourt Hotel & Spa to name a few. As head chef at the George in Spaldwick he was awarded with a main entry in the Good Food Guide along with only 4 others in Cambridgeshire.
In September 2010 Maud and Darrell Haylett decided to take a leap of faith and opened the Number Twelve Village Deli principally to supply and promote locally produced food to the community.
Since June 2015 Maud & Darrell have closed the deli to focus 100% on the development of the festival and catering business.