1 Michelin Star Chefs: Kenny Atkinson, chef proprietor, House of Tides

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Kenny Atkinson is the chef proprietor of one Michelin star restaurant House of Tides in Newcastle.

Kenny Atkinson's first experience working with food was working on a fruit and veg stall in the Granger Market.

House of Tides

House of Tides, 28-30 The Close, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3RF

Websitehttp://houseoftides.co.uk/

Tel: 01912303720
Email: [email protected]

Opening hours:Sunday    Closed
Monday    Closed
Tuesday    Closed
Wednesday    12–1:15pm, 6–8:30pm
Thursday    12–1:15pm, 6–8:30pm
Friday    12–1:15pm, 6–8:30pm
Saturday    12–1:15pm, 5–8:30pm

Head chef: Jake Siddle
Restaurant manager: Laura Stephenson
Sommelier / wine director: Adam Renwick

Facebook: House of Tides

Twitter: @houseoftides

Instagram: @houseoftides

Biography

Kenny fell into kitchen work like many other chefs: not out of a passion for food, but because it was something to do, and because he valued the camaraderie in the team. 

 As a child, he remembers eating many meals of pies and chips and eggs and beans cooked by his mother, but learned about homegrown produce from his grandparents, with whom the family shared a roast every Sunday.

His first role was as a kitchen porter in his uncle’s pub. After working for a year and a half at The Vermont as a chef, he moved to Evesham to work at Wood Norton Hall.

Then, he went to The Chester Grosvenor to work with Simon Radley, an experience which opened his eyes to the Michelin-starred environment and inspiring him to continue down the fine dining route.

At the age of 26, Kenny became the head chef of St Martin’s on the isle restaurant in the Scilly Isles, where he earned his first Michelin star. He then went on to Seaham Hall as executive chef, and earned back the restaurant's lost star.

Inspired by the likes of TV chefs Gary Rhodes, the Roux Brothers and Marco Pierre White and driven by a desire to understand the Michelin-starred restaurant world, the chef moved to London.

There, he worked with David Nicholls and Hywel Jones at The Mandarin Oriental, where he says he really began to gain an appreciation for the luxury of fine dining.

In 2014, Kenny and his wife moved back to Newcastle to open their own restaurant, House of Tides. Just a year later, the restaurant earned a Michelin star and it has retained it ever since.

Food style and House of Tides Menu

The food at House of Tides is modern British.

Due to the UK's unpredictable weather,  Kenny adapts which ingredients are used on his menu according to what his local suppliers have in stock - meaning that with only small quantities of produce available at any given time, the menu can change as often as daily.

What the guides say

Michelin Guide

 

AA Restaurant Guide

 

Harden's

 

Kenny and the team pride themselves on their bold flavours and choice of ingredients that are inspired by the UK’s cooking heritage and augmented with the use of modern techniques. In order to showcase the best produce from across the UK, the menu is served as a set tasting menu.

Switching up the local culinary scene means a lot to Kenny, as he sees the Newcastle area as a largely untapped market. By doing so, he also hopes to attract and retain regional culinary talent.

The chef admits that it took a long time to win people over with the tasting menu format, and that it was not until the restaurant had achieved a Michelin star that they began to get more people on side with their approach.

Great British Menu

In 2009, Kenny took part in BBC2’S The Great British Menu.

As a longstanding fan of the show, he jumped at the chance to appear on it. He returned the following year and won the North East heat, making it through the National finals to the banquet with his fish course, consisting of  potted mackerel and gooseberries.

Following his appearance on the programme, Kenny received more public attention for his craftsmanship and was offered a position as food director for the three restaurants at Rockcliffe Hall in County Durham. He took the offer, but left the position in 2013.

Videos with Kenny Atkinson:

 

 

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Editor 14th April 2021

1 Michelin Star Chefs: Kenny Atkinson, chef proprietor, House of Tides