Bryn Williams, and Lisa Allen, Head Chef, Northcote Manor Confirmed for Skills for Chefs 2011

Bryn Williams, and Lisa Allen, Head Chef, Northcote Manor Confirmed for Skills for Chefs 2011
Skills for Chefs

Skills for Chefs

Standard Supplier 18th March 2011

Bryn Williams, and Lisa Allen, Head Chef, Northcote Manor Confirmed for Skills for Chefs 2011

Bryn Williams
Hailing from Denbigh in North Wales, Bryn’s love for cooking began when he started working at his local bakery.  
Since that humble beginning, Bryn has worked in some of the most prestigious kitchens in London and with some of the world’s most stellar chefs.
 
In 1997 he began work under Marco Pierre White at The Criterion, went on to work under Michel Roux Jnr at Le Gavroche for 3 years, was Senior-Sous at The Orrery for four years and then moved to open Galvin at Windows with Chris Galvin, before opening Odette’s in Primrose Hill, London for Vince Power in 2006.
 
In the same year that Bryn opened Odette’s, he was chosen to compete in the first series of the Great British Menu on BBC 1.  Competing for Wales, Bryn triumphed with his fish course, Pan-fried Turbot with Oxtail and Cockles, which he went on to cook for the Queen’s Birthday Banquet.  
 
Now the Chef Patron of Odette’s, Bryn is also developing his television career with regular appearances on the BBC’s Saturday Kitchen and UKTV’s Market Kitchen.
 
 
Lisa Allen, Head Chef, Northcote Manor
Born in Lancashire in 1981, Lisa very quickly realised that food was her passion in life as she excelled at Home Economics in school.
 
In her pursuit of excellence Lisa attended Lancaster and Morecombe College to study catering and upon graduation she secured her first position in an established kitchen; she joined the Michelin starred Holbeck Ghyll in the Lake District as a Commis Chef in 2000.
 
Over the next two years Lisa honed her culinary skills as she moved onto the remarkable two Michelin starred Le Champignon Sauvage in Cheltenham to learn from David Everitt-Matthias and his team.
 
Wanting to return to her roots and having developed a strong working relationship with Nigel Haworth, of the famous Northcote, through her part-time job for his outside catering company during her college years.  Under the pupilage of Chef Patron Nigel, Lisa, after only four years and at the tender age of 23, was promoted to Head Chef becoming one of the youngest females to hold this position at such a high calibre restaurant, and in doing so joined a very small club of female chefs at the helm of a Michelin starred restaurants.
 
Northcote has successfully retained the star ever since.  Lisa‘s passion for local produce and regional cooking has led her to win such as accolades as Best Chef Of The Year at the 2008 Northern Hospitality Awards.
 
With Northcote’s eyes firmly set on a second Michelin star and with Lisa having reached the finals of the hugely coveted BBC2’s Great British Menu for 2010, Lisa Allen is well and truly on the path to becoming one of the most respected chefs currently plying her trade.