1 Michelin Star Chefs: Will Lockwood, head chef, Roots

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Will Lockwood is the head chef of one Michelin-starred Roots in York

Will always knew that he wanted to cook, having avidly watched Rick Stein programmes in his bedroom with the curtains closed from a young age.

Roots

68 Marygate, York YO30 7BH

Opening times:

Lunch:
Friday & Saturday, 12pm - 1:30pm

Dinner:
Wednesday & Thursday, 6pm - 8pm
Friday & Saturday, 6pm - 8pm

Closed:
Monday - Wednesday

Website: https://www.rootsyork.com/

Reservations: https://www.exploretock.com/roots  

Twitter: @RootsYork

Instagram: @rootsyork

Facebook: @rootsrestaurantyork

biography

Will Lockwood went to college for three years before heading to university to study Forensic Science. However, deciding it wasn't for him, he dropped out and took on various hospitality roles in local establishments in the Huddersfield area.

He applied for a job at the Black Swan at Oldstead, in 2014, and was offered a position as a demi chef de partie. 

Knowing the opportunity was too good to pass up, he took the job without a second thought, and moved to York.

He has remained with Tommy Banks and his team ever since, climbing the ranks at The Black Swan, where he was named head chef in 2017.

After taking some time out in 2020, Will returned to work with Tommy Banks at the end of 2021 when he was hired as the head chef of The Black Swan's sister restaurant in York, Roots, replacing his predecessor, Sean Wrest.

What the guides say...

Michelin

AA Restaurant Guide

Harden's

ROOTS

Roots was built in a public house dating back to the 19th century, previously called The Bay Horse.

Thought up by the duo of chef Tommy Banks and restaurateur Matthew Lockwood, the restaurant was their bid to bring a taste of the chef's flagship to the city.

The name 'Roots' is a nod to the chef's origins in Oldstead, and likewise, the menu mixes classical dishes from the restaurant with new ones, developed in partnership with the team.

Upon visiting the restaurant, The Guardian critic Grace Dent said it was "another surefire hit" for Tommy Banks, "one of the loveliest lunches of 2018."

Roots was awarded a star in the Michelin guide for Great Britain and Ireland in 2021.

Image Credit: Andrew Heyes Watkins

Food

The food at Roots relies on produce grown on the Banks' family farm, supplemented by that of local suppliers, using ancestral techniques to preserve and stretch ingredients to do them justice.

The Michelin guide describes the food at Roots as being "creative," "modern," "carefully prepared" and "deceptively simple to look at," telling you to "let the knowledgeable team look after you."

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Editor 18th May 2022

1 Michelin Star Chefs: Will Lockwood, head chef, Roots