Malhotra Group strengthens kitchen team

Dan Duggan

A top North East chef, who has cooked for celebrities and at Michelin-starred restaurants, has joined the region’s largest leisure group.

Dan Duggan, former head chef at Newcastle’s Blackfriars restaurant, where diners included American music producer David Gest and actor Tim Roth, has been recruited by Newcastle-based Malhotra Group to head the team at one of its most popular gastro pubs.

Duggan, who also worked under renowned chef Tom Kitchin at Edinburgh’s Michelin-starred The Kitchin, has been appointed head chef at the Sandpiper in Cullercoats.

The appointment is designed to build on the Sandpiper’s growing reputation as a food venue, offering homemade pub favourites, such as scampi and mixed grill alongside salads, burgers, bar snacks and starters.

“The reason Sandpiper has such a dedicated foodie following is that it offers well cooked, homemade dishes that reflect local and seasonal ingredients,” said Duggan. “The venue has just undergone a full refurbishment so I am joining at an ideal time and I am very excited by the possibilities it offers.”

Malhotra Group has been operating since 1991 and runs a string of restaurants and hotels. The £40m turnover company also has interests in the care and property sectors.

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