Jonathan Hawthorne named head chef at Vice and Virtue

Jonathan Hawthorne

Jonathan Hawthorne

Head Chef 10th May 2019
Jonathan Hawthorne

Jonathan Hawthorne named head chef at Vice and Virtue

Leeds' multiple award-winning modern British restaurant Vice and Virtue has appointed Jonathan Hawthorne as head chef.

Last year, together with executive head chef, Luke Downing, Jonathan launched Feed, where he was given free reign to run the kitchen independently, from management to menu design.

Prior to this, the chef ran his XO Supper Club in restaurants around the city, having previously worked in prestigious restaurants including Noma, Quay, The Box Tree and Michael O'Hare's Man Behind The Curtain.

Launched in 2016, Vice and Virtue aims to create fine dining food at affordable prices. Until now, the restaurant only offered a tasting menu, changed monthly, but recently introduced an a la carte menu featuring simpler dishes like Momofuku pork buns, crab tartines and flank steak.

Entrepreneur Luke Downing is also behind Feed, Dough, Aperitivo and Nineteen, all of which are located in the Yorkshire city.

Speaking to hnmagazine, he said: ‘’Juggling five very different independent restaurants in one region hasn’t been easy, but I believe we have the strongest team we’ve ever had before and can continue our success story. After seeing what Jono did with Feed, I knew he was the chef I needed to step things up at Vice.’’

‘’Together, we’ve created a range of dishes that make the best of locally sourced and foraged produce, with something for both the staunch foodie or more old school, casual diner to enjoy. I can’t wait to get these new menus out there and see what the people of Yorkshire think to them!’’

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