Jesmond bistro recruits former young chef of the year

Nick Grieves

Nick Grieves

Head Chef 5th July 2018

Jesmond bistro recruits former young chef of the year

Highly acclaimed Jesmond bistro, The Patricia, has expanded the team with the addition of award-winning chef Alex Walker.

The small bistro ran by Nick Grieves, previously River Cafe in London has gone from strength to strength after its opening in December 2016. Recognised in the Michelin guide and highly rated by Marina O’loughlin and the Secret Diner, the focus is on high-quality ingredients with unusual, mostly natural, wines.

Alex joins the team following four years at 21 Hospitality, including 21 and Saltwater Fish Company - honing his skills under esteemed chef Terry Laybourne.

Alex, 25, claimed the regional title of North East Chef of the Year in 2016, leading him to the national finals earlier this year. The competition which is run by the Craft Guild of Chefs attracted strong talent entries from some of the best restaurants in the UK.

Commenting on the appointment, Nick stated ‘we are delighted to welcome Alex to the team. His passion and enthusiasm fit perfectly with what we’re doing here and he is already proving to be a great addition.’

Alex furthered ‘The Patricia is exactly my kind of restaurant - the food is high quality but not pretentious, the atmosphere is fun yet relaxed and the wines are so different to anything else around here. I’m really excited to continue learning and progress my career here.’

The Patricia is a small bistro located on Jesmond Road in Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne. Open for lunch Sat-Sun and dinner Wed-Sat. For more information and sample menus please visit the website

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