Newcastle-based Malhotra Group has appointed Norman McKenzie, one of the country’s most experienced chefs, to head its catering operation.
In a first for the company, Newcastle-based Malhotra Group has created the role of executive chef and recruited MacKenzie, a former Master Chef of Great Britain to the position.
In a career spanning almost 30 years working at hotels across the UK, McKenzie has also been awarded titles including Craft Guild of Chefs Master Craftsman and Hospitality Guild Mentor of the Year.
McKenzie holds a number of advanced qualifications relating to staff training and food safety and joins Malhotra Group plc from the Feversham Arms Hotel, Helmsley, North Yorkshire, where he worked as head chef.
In his new role, he will be tasked with designing and reviewing menus for all food outlets within the Group’s care and leisure operations in addition to its 11 care home facilities and Tyneside bars and restaurants including Osbornes, Jesmond and Scalini’s restaurants at Jesmond and Gosforth.
McKenzie will also be closely involved in the design and layout of new and existing kitchens and providing training for all senior kitchen employees to ensure that food production consistently exceeds customers’ expectations.
Atul Malhotra, operations director at Malhotra Group PLC, said: “We are exceptionally fortunate to have secured someone with this level of experience and ability. Not only is Norman an exceptionally skilled chef but he is highly trained in all areas of food compliance and staff development, which are crucial to the smooth and satisfactory running of our operation.
“Along with our existing portfolio of leisure sites and care homes we have a number of exciting plans in the pipeline and Norman will be instrumental in ensuring we have in place a cohesive, strategic catering policy as our company continues its expansion programme.”
Following his appointment, Mckenzie, said: “I am very much looking forward to joining Malhotra Group plc, which has an excellent reputation for quality across all areas of its portfolio. They have a very skilled, creative and enthusiastic workforce and I’m excited about what we will be able to achieve together.”