Former Michelin-starred chef Kevin Mulraney has taken charge of the kitchen at Tynemouth’s Grand Hotel.
The 48-year-old, from Guisborough in Cleveland, has over 30 years’ experience of cooking at hotels and restaurants up and down the country, including the spell at London’s Lindsey House in the mid-1990s that earned him his Michelin star.
“I am delighted to be working in Tynemouth and living in the north east,” he said.
“The Grand Hotel already had a good reputation for its food, and I am honoured to be part of it, but now I will be working with the kitchen team and the hotel’s management to move things up a gear.
“I want to breathe new life into the Victoria Restaurant’s menu using the very best seasonal and local ingredients.
“We have already introduced a number of new local producers with a strong emphasis on seafood from nearby North Shields Fish Quay.
“Joining the Grand’s team is a golden opportunity, and I want to put the hotel on the food destination map.”
Hotel general manager Chris Marsh said: “We are very pleased to welcome Kevin on-board. He is well known already for his dedication, perfectionism, passion and creativity and having him in the kitchen will take the Grand Hotel’s dining to the next level.
“He is very hands-on and has already brought a new dynamism to the menu.
“We’re very proud that one of the brightest stars in British cooking has chosen to work with us and we’re very excited to see how things will evolve.”