Yorkshire’s Devonshire Arms Hotel and Spa has announced the appointment of new head chef, Chris O’Callaghan.
He will start his role at the hotel in Bolton Abbey this September, replacing current head chef Peter Howarth, who has been at the helm of the kitchen since October 2019.
As part of his new position, O’Callaghan will head up The Devonshire Arm’s Burlington Restaurant and The Brasserie, alongside the hotel’s pop-up ventures.
O’Callaghan joins from The Castle Diary in Kendal and also boasts experience at the likes of Gravetye Manor, L’Ortolan and Paris House.
He was also head chef at Linthwaite House Hotel.
Chris O’Callaghan says: “I am made up to be joining the team at The Devonshire Arms, overseeing the creation and delivery of menus across a varied collection of outlets. Here I hope to grow a team that will develop with me over the coming years, working with our suppliers and kitchen gardener to improve the brigades’ understanding of the produce around us in Yorkshire and further afield, if needs be, as we constantly seek to improve.”
James O’Donnell, head of operations, Yorkshire for Devonshire Hotels and Restaurants Group, added: “In appointing Chris as head chef, it’s a given that we’ve selected an accomplished professional, capable of creating amazing plates of food and showcase our local ‘pantry’ as it were… and we also sought an individual who will inspire, motivate and develop the teams to be the best that they can be. We have other developments in the pipeline, where this talent will really come into its own.
“We are embarking upon a progressive period of development and Chris will play a pivotal role in this.”
Devonshire Hotels & Restaurants Group comprises five hotels and a handful of self-catering cottages in the region, which form part of The Duke of Devonshire’s hospitality businesses.