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Chef Richard has big plans for Rockcliffe.

Byline: Kelley Price Business Reporter

ONE of the UK's most celebrated chefs is joining Rockliffe Hall in Hurworth, near Darlington.

Richard Allen, who has held a Michelin star since 2011, will be taking over the running of The Orangery at Rockliffe Hall in January when he joins the 5* resort as executive head chef.

In addition, Richard will work with the teams in Rockliffe Hall's other two restaurants, The Clubhouse and the Spa Brasserie.

As well as his Michelin star, Richard has held three AA Rosettes for eight years and has two of the highest industry accolades to his name- the Cateys' Head Chef of the Year 2012 and the Craft Guild of Chefs Restaurant Chef of the Year 2012. Richard is also one of the only chefs to have been named as one of Debrett's People of Today.

Before joining Rockliffe Hall, Richard was executive chef of the Michelin-starred Tassili restaurant at the 5* Grand Jersey Hotel and has worked with well-known names such as Martin Blunos, Cheong Liew and Michel Roux Junior.

Originally from Poole in Dorset, Richard has relocated to the North-east with his wife and two sons and joins Rockliffe Hall's new chief executive, Eamonn Elliott.

Eamonn himself has worked at a number of prestigious venues all over the UK and Ireland, including eight years as general manager of the multiaward winning Devonshire Arms at Bolton Abbey in North Yorkshire and manager of the AA Irish Hotel of the Year, the Mount Falcon and Spa in County Mayo.

For the last five years, Eamonn has been general manager of the Grand Jersey Hotel, taking it from an unknown 4* hotel to the Channel Islands' highest rated hotel, gaining a Michelin star for its restaurant and AA 5* status.

In addition, he has won numerous awards and is the current holder of the Institute of Directors Young Director of the Year.

Speaking about joining Rockliffe Hall, Richard said: "Rockliffe Hall and the Northeast have so much to offer and I have so many ideas that I am really looking forward to sharing.

"The team in place is so enthusiastic and, together, I am confident that The Orangery will become the region's flagship restaurant offering a mix of informal yet informed dining."

Eamonn added: "This is an incredibly exciting time for Rockliffe Hall as we have so many plans that will become clear throughout 2015.

"Both Richard and I are committed to making Rockliffe Hall the very best hotel, spa, restaurant and golf resort in the country.

"Richard is one of the UK's most celebrated chefs and is passionate about working with the team at Rockliffe Hall to set The Orangery apart from any other restaurant in the North of England."

In November, Rockliffe Hall celebrated its fifth anniversary since opening as a 61-bedroom hotel, home to three restaurants, a world-class golf course, a multi-award winning spa and wedding and conference facilities.

The 5* resort now employs more than 320, mainly local, people.


Chef Richard Allen is to run The Orangery at Rockliffe Hall in Hur-|worth as well as working in the other two restaurants ANDY DENTTEN

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jan 13, 2015
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