New chef at Scalford hall hotel
"I am excited to join the team here as it enters a new phase of restructuring within its F&B department, working towards improving standards and bringing a diversity of new 'fresh fayre' dishes to its menu ranges. Having just come from a health spa environment also, I am keen to implement healthy wholesome choices with a contemporary style. Scalford Hall Hotel provides a perfect country house hotel setting in the heart of one of the country's most famous food producing market towns, and I am looking forward to strengthening food and wine combinations through local sources whilst creating menus that accompany seasonal changes."
Prior to commencing at the hotel, Kevin has been implementing high culinary standards all over the country at a variety of hotels and Michelin starred and AA Rosette restaurants, including Grosvenor Arms in Dorset, several Trust House Forte establishments, Royal Chase of London and Champneys Henlow, amongst others, implementing a variety of styles from gastro pub and healthy cuisine through to fine dining.
After 26 years in the armed forces where he left as a Regiment Sergeant Major, Kevin's first choice in repatriation training was the new challenge of catering. A degree from the University of East Anglia and kitchen experience under several world renowned chefs, including Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall of Riverside Cottage fame, have helped shape his enthusiasm and culinary flair. This experience coupled with the discipline of his army training have enabled him to structure and organise kitchen teams to perform to their finest.
"Ask any chef, and they will say they can learn from a college leaver" adds Kevin, "so almost certainly this is something that will come through from the younger team here at the hotel. They are eager to learn and I aim to drive this enthusiasm and shape their skills, no doubt learning from them in the process. Together we aim to take Scalford Hall Hotel's food reputation to an entirely new level with the goal of achieving two AA Rosettes by the end of next year and ultimately working towards a Michelin star. This is a new era and I am proud to be serving it up."
Scalford Hall Hotel is a charming country house hotel located in Melton Mowbray, providing a peaceful residential retreat and premier event facilities. 77 bedrooms, two suites, over ten conference and function rooms and a stunning marquee are complemented by a dedicated service team, year-round events calendar, excellent cuisine and a warm welcome.