One of the North West's only Michelin-starred restaurants has hired the head chef of Raymond Blanc's renowned Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons to lead its kitchen.
The Samling (pictured), which is located near Ambleside in the heart of the Lake District, has recruited Nick Edgar as head chef. Edgar started at Raymond Blanc's two Michelin-starred restaurant in Oxfordshire in 2000, rising to become head chef in 2013.
Blanc, chef patron of Belond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, wished Edgar “every success for his future development in the natural and abundant surroundings of the Lakes at the Samling”.
Edgar said: “I am so excited about my new position as head chef at the Samling hotel, I can't wait to start the next chapter of my career at this wonderful hotel.
“The ambition the Samling has is what attracted me to the position; their aim to be on the highest level of gastronomic experiences and become a food destination for the whole of the UK would excite any young ambitious chef.”
Alasdair Elwick, general manager of the Samling, welcomed the appointment.
He said: “I am delighted to have recruited one of the UK's best chefs. Nick brings a wealth of experience and ability to the role.
“When you combine this appointment with the talent of the current team, exciting times lie ahead for the hotel.”
The Samling retained its Michelin star in the Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland 2016. The other North West restaurants with a single Michelin star are Fraiche in Oxton, Northcote near Blackburn and the Grosvenor in Chester, while L'Enclume in Cartmel has two Michelin stars.
No North West restaurants hold three Michelin stars, which is the highest accolade awarded by the inspectors.