Head chef and operations manager appointed at Gisborough Hall

George Sell By George Sell
08 May 2018 | Updated 08 May 2018

UK: Karl Rochford and Amy Baker have taken up new roles at Gisborough Hall in North Yorkshire.

Rochford joins as head chef, bringing more than 20 years' hospitality experience with him. As well as working at a number of popular restaurants around the north-east and Yorkshire, most recently he was head chef at Solberge Hall in Northallerton and was part of the team to achieve two AA rosettes. He has previously worked as Gisborough Hall's banqueting chef and then went on to be head chef at Hall Garth Hotel for seven years.
Rochford will be responsible for running Gisborough Hall's two AA Rosette Chaloner's Restaurant as well as the more informal G Bar and Bistro. He plans a number of changes, such as new Sunday lunch and afternoon tea menus and a new Taste of Yorkshire sharing platter.
He said: "Gisborough Hall has a great reputation for its food, illustrated by the two AA Rosettes. But one of my aims is to create awareness within the local area about what we offer. After all we are a local business, for local people as well as those visiting the area. I plan to add a range of new dishes and dining experiences in the coming months and build on what is already on offer, with the emphasis always on high quality, simple dishes using local produce."
Amy Baker has been recruited as Gisborough Hall's operations manager. She has more than 15 years' experience working at a number of four- and five-star hotels around the country including the Devonshire Arms at Bolton Abbey near Skipton, Swinton Park in Masham near Ripon, the Royal Crescent in Bath, the Feversham Arms in Helmsley and the Crowne Plaza in Newcastle.
She will be responsible for the day-to-day running of Gisborough Hall, including managing the bars and restaurants and the reception and housekeeping teams.
Baker said: "Gisborough Hall has a wonderful family atmosphere and has always been a place I have loved visiting. I have worked around the country and some well-known places but Gisborough really does stand out in the crowd. I am really excited about taking the team forward into a new era, with the opening of the new spa in the next year, as well as building on all of the recent successes too."
Gisborough Hall dates back to 1857 and the grade II-listed country house was fully restored in 2002.

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