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Barnsdale Hall Hotel appoints new executive head chef amidst refurbishment

Barnsdale Hall Hotel has appointed a new executive head chef to lead its culinary team ahead of its reopening.

In the role, Sumit Chakrabarty will be bringing internationally inspired food to the table as well as skills and experience to reinvigorate the hotel restaurant.

The new position is the next step in Sumit’s career, which has seen him work with prestigious brands such as The Oberoi Group and Carnival Cruise Line, alongside Michelin-star chef Georges Blanc.

Sumit Chakrabarty, new executive head chef at Barnsdale Hall Hotel
Sumit Chakrabarty, new executive head chef at Barnsdale Hall Hotel

As well as serving delicacies in renowned establishments such as Gordon Ramsay at Claridge's, Sumit has prepared dishes for some of the world's most prominent figures, such as Bill Clinton when he was the President of the United States of America.

Sumit’s career took off not long after he was awarded the position of Head Chef at the Smith’s Hotel in Gretna Green, Scotland. Under his leadership, the hotel received two AA rosettes and Sumit was highly commended as a 'Rising Star Chef' in the 2008 Hotel Scotland Awards.

Now, Sumit will be bringing his expertise to deliver a fresh outlook to the culinary department at Barnsdale Hall Hotel.

He said: "I feel very excited to become a part of the culinary team at Barnsdale Hall Hotel.

"I am currently working with the hotel on building a strong kitchen team that, I hope, will inspire each other's creativity."

The hotel restaurant, which is currently welcoming guests for alfresco dining on its sun terrace, is undergoing an extensive refurbishment due for completion in July.

"Once the new restaurant is completed, it will be a fantastic time in all of our careers to establish Barnsdale Hall Hotel as the go-to destination for food and drink," said Sumit, who specialises in classical French cuisine.

"I am hoping to achieve this by making changes to the food offering so that we can serve international cuisine in a refined way."

John Higham, director and general manager of Barnsdale Hall Hotel, added: “We are delighted to have Sumit joining the team.

"He is a true visionary in his field, and we feel very fortunate to have him leading the kitchen staff through this exciting period of change for the hotel and as we emerge from the pandemic.

"We can’t wait to see how his fresh perspective will reinvigorate the hotel’s food offering, providing a refined, international twist, which is sure to be loved by locals and visitors alike.”

For more information, visit: www.barnsdalehotel.co.uk.

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