Grand York feasts its eyes on celebrity cookery school as part of £15m redevelopment

The owners of the Grand Hotel in York are on the hunt for the property’s next expansion project, and are seeking planning permission to create a new cookery school on site.

Splendid Hospitality Group, which opened in 2010 and has been undergoing a £15m renovation over the last two years, has applied for permission to create an ‘immersive’ cookery school at Roman House on Rougier Street as part of the continued development of the Grand Hotel York.

The cookery school will feature a demonstration area in front of four fully-equipped workstation benches, an open plan kitchen and teaching rooms, with masterclasses led by celebrity chefs, although no names have been released yet.

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The Grand’s executive chef Craig Atchinson and Paul Bates, executive chef at the Hilton London Bankside, will lead the project.

Stuart Bailey, chief executive of Splendid Hospitality Group, said: “After exploring several options the development of a cookery school was voted unanimously as the right choice to complete The Grand’s magnificent development and reputation for culinary excellence.

“York has become the region’s foodie destination and we have some incredible talent lined up to teach and entertain.”

A cafe is planned for the neighbouring unit and the cookery school would employ five full-time members of staff.

Planning documents say: “It is considered that the proposed use will have a positive impact on the city centre in adding vitality to the area by providing a viable use of the ground floor of Roman House.”

If planning approval is granted, work will start on the cookery school in October and it would open next year.

The project is one of the final stages of the Grand Hotel’s £15m expansion and refurbishment scheme, which includes 100 new bedrooms and two restaurants, The Rise and Hudsons by Craig Atchinson.

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