New head pastry chef at The Devonshire brings Burlington restaurant brigade to full strength

The Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa, Bolton Abbey, has announced the appointment of Phil Harris, who joins the hotel’s Burlington Restaurant as head pastry chef.

Harris, who has a wealth of experience at the likes of Great Fosters and Pennyhill Park, plus The Samling, joins the property to concentrate on desserts, bread, patisserie and chocolate for the hotel’s fine-dining, afternoon tea and breakfast service at the Burlington Restaurant.

He joins the kitchen brigade headed up by Paul Leonard from his role at The Test Kitchen in London, a pop-up restaurant in Soho where he supported Adam Simmons, formerly of Danesfield House.

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Paul Leonard, head chef of The Burlington Restaurant, commented: “I’m so looking forward to working with Phil once again as we were buddies at The Samling together where we worked under Ian Swainson. I know that I can count on him to deliver the high standards and awesome creativity that we seek from a dedicated Pastry Chef and he will be a complement to the direction in which the Burlington is now heading. We are moving a step up each day and having Phil join us is only going to help us excel in that journey.”

General manager, Adam Dyke commented: “It’s great to have Phil on board – he is an incredibly talented and creative chef. His appointment has brought us back to having a full brigade of chefs under Paul (Leonard) now.

“Our new working regime with the 48 hour, four-day working week is really starting to pay off and the team are happier and motivated. I feel like we’re going into 2018 with a really strong focus now, it’s an exciting and dynamic period for us all.”

The hotel has been one of the first in England to adopt a more chef-friendly regime of hours and working practices to its Burlington kitchen team.

Six months since inception, the scheme is proving to be a real success and has helped to attract a strong team of talented chefs.

This achievement is paving the way forward for a similar working regime to be introduced in other areas of the Devonshire Hotels and Restaurants Group’s portfolio in due course.

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