Vernon Hughes graduated from high school and went to work at the Cinnamon Reef Hotel on Anguilla as a dishwasher, where his cousin, George Ried, worked as the sous chef. Both his cousin and the executive chef, Victor Connor, saw his interest in cooking and both began to help, providing him with cookbooks and asking him to prep and do different things that he enjoyed doing.
He worked his way up the ladder, following the footsteps of his cousin, and in 1991, he captured the title of Anguilla’s Chef of the Year. In 1997, executive Chef Vernon welcomed the Great Chefs crew who were taping Great Chefs of the Caribbean for the Discovery Channel.
After 20 years when the Cinnamon Reef Hotel was sold, Chef Vernon Hughes went on his own and opened Es OvenRestaurant & Bar that specializes in upscale Caribbean cuisine that is one of the highlights of Anguilla today, in 2016.