Preston chef Thomas Gardner takes top post

Chance: Thomas Gardner

Chance: Thomas Gardner

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A Preston chef has reached the highest rank at a flagship hotel.

Thomas Gardner, from Fulwood, has been appointed executive chef at the Dining Rooms at Worsley Park Marriott Hotel and Country Club.

He has now revealed plans to create a dining experience with each dish telling a story of the North West.

Learning his craft in Preston, Thomas’s dishes have always been grounded in the region.

His influences of local ingredients, local culture and history have come together to develop a nationally recognised chef whose passion for the region shines through in his food.

Thomas said: “My vision is for each dish to sing about the region with tastes and produce that remind diners about why the North West is so special. Each dish will tell a story and take guests on a journey from the coast to the countryside taking in Lancashire’s rich history and geography. It is important to me to take time to read and research not only cooking from the North West, but study the region itself to give each dish purpose and clarity.”

After his classical training in Preston, Thomas started his career 17 years ago at the Marriott in Preston where he quickly grew from apprentice to senior sous chef.

Having remained with Marriott kitchens for most of his career Thomas has built a strong reputation for himself.

He most recently appeared as a guest chef at the Bolton Food Festival.

Thomas said: “The chance to work with such an amazing team at Worsley Park was an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up.

“There have been some great chefs that have put the Dining Rooms on the map and I can’t wait to see where I can take it.”