A new head chef has been appointed to take the helm of the kitchen at Soughton Hall Hotel in North Wales, following the property’s takeover in February by Manchester-based Elle R Leisure.
Scott Graham, who has trained with Michelin-starred TV chef Tom Kerridge, has joined the grand Grade-II listed hotel which was designed in 1714 by the same architect who restyled Highclere Castle, made famous by the blockbuster TV series Downton Abbey.
Graham started out in hospitality aged 15 and spent his work experience with Kerridge at the Hand and Flowers in Marlow.
He said: “It was only a short time but it was the most intensive learning period of my life. I came home equipped with so many new skills and invaluable pointers about getting the best out of my food.
“I really admire Tom Kerridge’s instinctive style and concentration on authenticity. It’s not just presentation that’s important with him, it’s about cooking food which people love to eat, and is packed full of beautiful flavours.”
Soughton Hall Hotel was taken over by Manchester- based Elle R Leisure in February this year which also owns the successful Dukes 92 and Albert’s restaurants in Manchester and the boutique Woodlands hotel in Leeds.
It has since undergone a £150,000 refurbishment including an update of the main guest areas and a transformation of the bridal suite.
The new owners also moved the dining area from the Stables restaurant next door to the hall, which will now be used for events and parties, into the first floor rooms, which look out over the Hall’s driveway.