West Midlands hotel introduces UK’s first resident taster

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Chateau Impney Hotel in Droitwich has announced that Lisa Gallacher has been hired as the hotel’s first official taster in residence in the UK, after battling it out in a competition organised especially by the hotel.

The 37-year-old local government officer defeated seven other finalists to claim the honorary role in a series of head-to-head ‘taste battles’, which involved identifying ingredients in a number of specially prepared dishes.

The Worchestershire hotel ran a two-month nationwide search for a passionate foodie to review dishes for the hotel’s menus. The hotel and exhibition centre currently serves well in excess of 55,000 meals across its restaurant, bars, weddings and conference facilities.

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The next six months will see Lisa work with the hotel’s executive chef and his team to develop and trial new dishes for each area of the hotel. As well as providing feedback, Lisa will be asked to recommend dishes to customers and a Taster in Residence mark will feature next to her choices on the menus.

“Being the UK’s first Taster in Residence is a fantastic opportunity,” says Lisa, “and I hope to embrace it as much as possible. I’m thoroughly looking forward to my first taste feedback session, and I’m excited to work with Stephen and his team throughout the year.”

“It’s fantastic to be able to appoint Lisa as not only our first Taster in Residence, but the nation’s as well,” said Ben Elder, Chateau Impney’s general manager. “Although every finalist had a wealth of experience and an astounding amount of food knowledge, Lisa demonstrated a keen passion for good food and great flavours that stood head-and-shoulders above the rest.”

Chateau Impney received applications from across the globe for the honorary position, and the taste battles featured a real cross-section of society, including a police sergeant, NHS sister and a structural engineer.

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