3AA rosettes the target for new head chef at luxury Helmsley hotel

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The Feversham Arms in Helmsley, North Yorkshire has appointed a new head chef as it looks to secure a third AA rosette for its restaurant.

The hotel has welcomed John Schwarz to head up its Weathervane restaurant, which was named by its customers when it relaunched in January, as it aims to improve on its current 2 AA Rosette rating and achieve a third.

Schwarz has an extensive culinary background having worked at Seaham Hall near Durham in its Michelin star days. From there he progressed to executive chef at Judges Country House Hotel in Yarm where he held three rosettes for ten years.

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Charles Merchie, general manager of the Feversham Arms Hotel, said: “Food is an essential part of what we offer. If we want to stand out from our competitors then our head chef needs to be of an outstanding standard. John is at that level. He’s not only already achieved 3AA rosettes in his previous position but managed to maintain that for almost ten years. He’s well equipped to take us to the right standard.”

He added: “Our guests hold our restaurant rating in high esteem, which means we need to do all that we can to deliver consistent excellence. While a 2AA rosette rating marks us out for quality, stepping up to a 3AA rating catapults us firmly into the elite, as only the top 10% of restaurants in the AA Guide achieve it. That is where we want to be.”

John Schwarz, head chef at the Feversham Arms Hotel, said: “Having spent ten years maintaining the 3AA rosette standard, I felt the time was right to take on a new challenge. The Feversham has been on my radar for some time and when the opportunity arose to take up the position I was more than ready to do so. From here my plan is to do all that I can to secure that 3AA rating. Having done so in the past, I know exactly what’s needed, so I’m confident we’ll attain it within the near future.”



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