Slaley Hall in Northumberland has appointed Paul Bussey as it new executive chef.
Paul has come from Rockliffe Hall at Hurworth-on-Tees, near Darlington, where he was awarded two AA Rosettes for the hotel’s acclaimed The Orangery Restaurant.
The award-winning chef, who is originally from the North East and trained at Darlington College of Technology, has taken up responsibility for the kitchen team on a daily basis, producing all the new seasonal dishes for the menus in the Hadrian’s Brasserie, Duke’s Grill and the Claret Jug, as well as developing the food offering at Slaley Hall.
He says he believes a menu should put great emphasis on locally produced ingredients prepared to the highest standards.
“My key aim will be to cement Slaley Hall’s reputation as an amazing place to come and eat by working closely with what is already a first class team.”
Apart from Rockliffe Hall, Paul was also head chef at the prestigious Jumeirah Lakes Towers in Dubai.
It was while he was in the Middle East that he also won the Unilever Food Solutions Senior Chef of the Year competition for that region in 2012.
Also joining the Slaley Hall team as deputy general manager is Simone Arcucci, who has come from the Amigo Hotel in Belgium, where he was Rocco Forte Hotels’ food and beverage director.
Paul and Simone will work closely together.