Executive Head Chef is celebrating 17 years at Northcote, a luxury boutique hotel located in the Ribble Valley, Lancashire.
This year, Lisa Goodwin-allen, Executive Head Chef at Northcote is celebrating 17 years with the luxury boutique hotel located in the Ribble Valley, Lancashire.
GUESTS TRAVEL far and wide to visit Northcote, which strives to be an oasis for gastronomy, great wine and genuine service. The fact that it has held a Michelin star for the last 21 years is testament to the team’s dedication to their creative dishes, which focus on using the best seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. Born in Lancashire, Lisa began her culinary career at Lancaster & Morecambe College. After graduating, she worked in several prestigious restaurants, including the two Michelin-starred Le Champignon Sauvage in Gloucester, before arriving at Northcote in 2001. Lisa works alongside Chef Patron Nigel Haworth and in 2015, after almost a decade as Northcote’s only female Head Chef, Lisa was promoted to Executive Head Chef. Lisa lives and breathes food; it is this passion that means she is always looking for interesting ingredients and techniques, and experimenting to create dishes that incorporate her Lancashire roots, and where the ingredients and their flavour shine through. Autumn is a particularly favourite season for Lisa as she sees lots of inspiration in the ingredients that are available from the countryside that surrounds Northcote. “We’re really lucky in our area that autumn brings so much game, and other seasonal ingredients that we can combine it with, to come up with some interesting dishes. It’s a great time of year for being creative. We’ve recently added a partridge dish to the menu which pairs the delicate flavour of the bird with damsons that we get from the Lyth Valley in Cumbria. I really enjoy being able to put our modern take on local and seasonal ingredients.” Each year, Lisa is also part of Northcote’s annual gastronomic event, Obsession, that Nigel launched in 2001 as a celebration of great food and wine among great company that shares his ‘obsession’ with quality gastronomic experiences. Obsession 18 is celebrating 18 years and will take place over 18 nights from 18th January to 4th February 2018. Michelin-star chefs travel from across the globe to Northcote to serve their own Obsession Menu, with each night a completely unique experience. »