Elmbank Hotel appoints Mike Cummings as head chef

Cairn Group-owned Elmbank Hotel in York has appointed chef Mike Cummings to head up its kitchen.

As head chef Cummings will run the kitchen serving Leetham’s Brasserie, which has undergone a refurbishment as part of the hotels £5m renovation.

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The restaurant aims to offer diners a “casual brasserie experience” serving classic dishes with a Yorkshire twist.The menu includes home-cooked favourites including steak and ale pie, beer battered haddock, and Yorkshire curd tart. 

Prior to his new job at Elmbank Hotel, Cummings has worked in the field for over two decades, cooking for people such as the Duke of York and the Archbishop. He has also sat on the Nestle’s chocolate tasting panel for over a decade. 

Cummings said: “Diners can expect a menu of much loved British dishes all with a Yorkshire flare, changing every season to use ingredients when they’re at their very best.”

“I’ve been lucky enough to bring in a strong team of local chefs as part of the hotel’s recruitment drive, including roles for aspiring chefs starting their journey in the industry.” 

 Cairn Group’s HR director Richard Adams added: “Mike has developed a fantastic menu creating a signature style for Leetham’s Brasserie, while establishing a talented team to deliver high quality dining experiences for both hotel guests and local people.”

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