Oddfellows Hotels has announced Oliver Walker as head chef at boutique hotel, Oddfellows On The Park.
Walker joins the team at the park side boutique hotel from Pikes Hotel in Ibiza, where he worked seasonally for 3 years.
He also ran an acclaimed street food style events van called The Nomad which featured at music festivals and private events. Walker trained under Macdonald Hotels in Glasgow, spending much of his training at Gleneagles.
Oliver joins the design-led hotel collection to head up the entire chef operation from events and occasions to taking the helm at The Galloping Major restaurant.
The Galloping Major restaurant was named after the characterful previous owner of Bruntwood Hall who was most often found on horseback when the park was run as a private stud. The Galloping Major was responsible for adding the ballroom where the hotel’s destination restaurant now sits.
Oliver said: “I’m delighted to be taking up a head chef role so close to my Salford roots. I grew up on local and regional Northern ingredients and I can’t wait to showcase them in the food here at Oddfellows.
“As well as a tasting menu that will be as imaginative as it is seasonal and locally sourced, I’m looking forward to creating events and weddings menus that exceed expectations. It’s just as important to me that food for events should be as awe-inspiring to guests as any tasting menu.”
Carlo Iulianella, general manager of Oddfellows On The Park said: “Oliver is an amazing chef, Manchester born and bred but with an excellent international pedigree. Whilst his food is Modern British, he has a flair for presentation, and flavours that pack a real punch, which will bring a real drama to our beautiful ballroom at Bruntwood Hall. We are delighted Oliver is joining the Oddfellows family. He is a huge asset to the team.”
Oddfellows On The Park is the second boutique hotel in the Oddfellows collection, with a sister hotel in Chester. The hotel has 22 bedrooms, The Stud Room bar and The Galloping Major restaurant, along with private event spaces and The Pigsty salon.