Trio of chefs join expanding Devonshire Hotels and Restaurants Group

The Devonshire Hotels & Restaurants Group has announced three new head chef roles, demonstrating the strength of the business as it evolves to become one of the best in the North.  

Out of the three roles at its hotels on the Bolton Abbey estate in the Yorkshire Dales and the Chatsworth Estate in Derbyshire, two are replacement positions, and one is incremental.

Paul Evans joins The Burlington Restaurant at The Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa as head chef, a role, which became vacant with former head chef, Adam Smith’s forthcoming move to Coworth Park, part of The Dorchester Collection.

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Evans brings a wealth of experience from several Michelin-starred properties, including Lords of the Manor, L’Enclume in The Lake District, The Waterside Inn at Bray.

As part of a F&B re-structure at The Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa, Evans is to focus purely on The Burlington Restaurant.

Nick Sharp joins as head chef of The Brasserie, an incremental appointment which allows the one AA rosette, award-winning restaurant to be managed as a separate business unit at Bolton Abbey with its own dedicated kitchen brigade.

Sharp has previously worked as a roaming chef for QHotels and now will focus on consolidating and improving both the offering and commercial success of the popular Brasserie.

On the Chatsworth Estate, Ian Smith joins as head chef of The Devonshire Arms, Beeley. An accomplished chef, who began his career at The Savoy, London, Smith’s recent employment includes some renowned gastropubs and restaurants, including The Farmer’s Restaurant at Welton Hill, Lincolnshire, The Black Swan at Oldstead and The Blue Bicycle in York.

Simon Rhatigan, managing director of Devonshire Hotels and Restaurants commented:”Following a consistent upturn in sales at The Devonshire Arms Hotel and Spa over the past three years, we’ve reviewed the needs of the business. Our decision to create two separate kitchen teams at ‘The Dev’ will allow us to sharpen the Burlington’s fine dining offering, as well as to further develop The Brasserie, which is a successful restaurant in its own right. Overall we aim to maintain and expand our reputation for excellence within The Devonshire Hotels and Restaurants Group to the benefit of both visitors and assist the rural economy with the creation of new jobs in both The Dales and Peak District areas.”

This recent restructure, combined with the successful growth of the businesses, has created thirty new hospitality vacancies for staff posts including chefs, restaurant and bar manager, assistant conference and banqueting manager, spa therapist, serving staff and other positions.




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