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English Lakes Hotels hires new chef to lead culinary academy

Daniel Winstanley is taking the helm of the English Lakes Hotels Culinary Academy

Daniel Winstanley has been appointed to oversee the English Lakes Hotels Resorts & Venues ‘Culinary Academy’. 

He takes the reins from chef Steven Doherty, who was brought in by the group to establish the Culinary Academy back in 2017.

Now in its fourth year, the academy offers trainees a two year apprenticeship, delivered in partnership with Kendal College. 

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The fully accredited course allows the students to hone chef skills whilst earning a wage with the hotel group.

Winstanley has over 20 years of hospitality and catering industry expertise, as well as a wealth of experience in further education, teaching and learning.

The former proprietor of The Ship Restaurant & Bar attained his first role as a head chef at the age of 25.

“I’m passionate about all things hospitality and helping young people achieve their goals,” explains Winstanley. “We’ve a number of rising stars in the academy so it’s an exciting challenge to help equip them with the skills they need to succeed.

A total of 10 students are currently training to become commis chefs through the initiative.

Academy students train and work at all of English Lakes Hotels’ venues across the Lake District and North Lancashire: Low Wood Bay Resort & Spa in Windermere, Waterhead in Ambleside, the Wild Boar Inn near Windermere, Lancaster House Hotel and The Midland in Morecambe.

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