A chef who has cooked for HM The Queen and whose uncle is executive chef at The Ritz has joined the team at Lumley Castle Hotel.
Lee Williams, former head chef at Northumberland’s Horton Grange Hotel, has been appointed senior sous chef at the four-star hotel in Chester-le-Street.
His uncle is John Williams, AA Chef of the Year 2017 and executive chef at The Ritz, while his father was a chef aboard the Royal Navy’s HMS Glasgow during the Falklands War
In his new role, Lee Williams will be right hand man to head chef Christopher Delany, devising and creating new menus for the hotel’s Black Knight restaurant and working with the hotel’s team of chefs and front of house staff.
He past experience includes a stint as part of the catering team for HM The Queen’s official opening of Bede’s World, Jarrow and roles at John Lewis Brasserie, Newcastle, Best Western Roker Hotel, Sunderland and with the Sir John Fitzgerald group.
Announcing his appointment, sales manager Lauren Colledge said: “We are delighted to welcome Lee to the team.
“It is crucial to the success of The Black Knight Restaurant that we never rest on our laurels and that we attract superb chefs, who combine creativity and skill, to ensure our customers receive the highest possible standards every time they dine with us.”