Macdonald Hotels names new regional chef to drive menu development

Paul Kitchener, regional executive chef

Macdonald Hotels has announced the promotion of Paul Kitchener, current head chef at Macdonald Ansty Hall in Coventry, to the position of regional head chef for the Midlands.

Kitchener will be responsible for developing new menus and will continue to lead the kitchen team at Ansty Hall’s AA Rosette Shilton Restaurant, as well as overseeing the food operations at three other hotels in the region.

Joining Macdonald Ansty Hall in 2008 and with more than twenty years culinary experience, Kitchener will work with the teams at Macdonald Ansty Hall, Alveston Manor, Haycock and Burlington to develop new menus, create memorable dining experiences and afternoon teas.

The new regional head chef’s accolades include the North Midlands Gold prize of Salon Culinaire, one of the UK’s largest and most prestigious chef competitions. He has also cooked for well-known figures including the Queen at the Royal Show in Warwickshire, TV chefs The Hairy Bikers and celebrity chef Paul Rankin.

On his vision for the menus, Kitchener said: “At Macdonald Hotels we have the luxury of creating the majority of our own menus to reflect the individual hotel’s identity and creativity of the chef. I am hoping to introduce even more local dishes and work with each chef to encourage them to express their individuality from their kitchens.”

Simon Jackson, group operations and sales director, said: “Paul is an exceptional chef who has been an asset to Macdonald Hotels for almost a decade. We are excited that Paul’s new position will allow him to use his vast experience and skills to develop new menus and fresh ideas across the region at Macdonald Ansty Hall, Alveston Manor, Haycock and Burlington.”

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