Whittlebury Hall chef wins top accolade at Northamptonshire Food & Drink Awards

Head chef of the 2 AA Rosette Murrays Restaurant at Whittlebury, Harvey Lockwood, has been named Chef of the Year at the Carlsberg UK Northamptonshire Food & Drink Awards 2018/19.

The hotel’s fine-dining restaurant Murrays was also named runner up in the Restaurant of the Year category, sponsored by Whitco Catering and Bakery Equipment Ltd, at the ceremony, which was held on Wednesday 7 November at the Royal & Derngate in Northampton. 

The Chef of the Year award, sponsored by Dawn Farms, was a hard-fought competition with two cook-offs involved – firstly, Harvey was challenged to put his own twist on two set dishes: Mrs Beeton’s duck braised with turnips, and Northamptonshire cheesecake. This was followed by a Masterchef-style technical challenge to produce deep-fried goujons of plaice with tartare sauce.

Murrays’ demi chef de partie, Deniz Gultez was also shortlisted in the ‘Booker Young Chef of the Year’ award, sponsored by Booker for chefs aged 18-25.

Operations director of Whittlebury Hall, Bernhard Zechner, said: “I am incredibly proud of all the Murrays team – for Harvey to win Chef of the Year is an amazing personal accolade, but to win runner up in the restaurant category and for Deniz to also be shortlisted is a testament to the strength of the whole team. The Carlsberg UK Northamptonshire Food & Drink Awards celebrate the exceptional food and drink in the county, and Whittlebury is very proud to be a part of that.”

Murrays Restaurant is also celebrating after being awarded 2 AA Rosettes for the 14th consecutive year. Murrays is one of only five restaurants in Northamptonshire to hold the accolade. 

For more information about Whittlebury and Murrays Restaurant, visit www.whittlebury.com 


Notes to Editors:

Whittlebury Hall and Whittlebury Park provide the perfect backdrop for both corporate clients and leisure guests. 
Nestled in hundreds of acres of ancient parkland and just a 10-minute drive from junction 15a of the M1 and 20 minutes from central Milton Keynes, Whittlebury offers an award-winning 254-bedroom four-star hotel, conference and training centre, a 2 AA Rosette restaurant, meetings and events facilities catering for up to 3,000 delegates and a luxurious spa.  

Its first-class golf facilities include a 36-hole Championship course, driving range, simulators, PGA professional coaches, Callaway fitting centre and award-winning Atrium Clubhouse within its grounds.

Whittlebury also holds an AIM Gold accreditation, the meetings industry’s recognised mark of excellence from the Meetings Industry Association and offers meetings and events delegates superfast free 1GB unlimited Wi-Fi across 20 conference and training suites and 28 syndicate rooms.?


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