A Shropshire Lad brings morelocal flavour to Hadley Park House Hotel
Hadley Park House Hotel in Telford, Shropshire, has announced the arrival of anew Head Chef who, it is hoped, will take Dorrells Restaurant on to bigger, better and even tastier things.It’s a “homecoming” for 29-years-old Chef Mark Harris - himself ‘A ShropshireLad’ - who learned his craft at nearby Radbrook Catering College, from which hegraduated in December 1999.Since then, however, he has worked at various establishments, most notably the5-star Lowry Hotel, where he worked as Chef de Partie in the Marco Pierre WhiteRiver Room.At the end of his spell there, and following other Head Chef postings, Harris setup his own chef consultancy business, and concentrated on event catering, withhighlights being his time working at several of the world’s top class sportingevents, such as Royal Ascot, the Formula One British Grand Prix, andPremiership games at Old Trafford, as well as the BBC Sports PersonalityAwards in Manchester.“It was all part of the learning curve,” he explains. “It’s a completely differentworld when you’re catering for between 2-and-5,000 people. And what it meansis that numbers really don’t scare me at all any more. It’s a great background for things like the wedding season, which is a key market here, at Hadley Park.”Happy to be back in the fine-dining environment, Harris’s aim at Hadley Park willbe to celebrate great, classic British dishes.He explains: “It’s a privilege to be working somewhere, where the managementhas the foresight to give free licence to us sourcing the best possible localproduce. So the meat, the eggs, the vegetables – everything – which comesthrough our kitchen door is of the finest quality. And none of it travels further than 50-miles. Having produce of the quality we are sourcing makes our job inthe kitchen so much easier.”Harris has linked-up once again with Sous Chef Kevin Fellows. The pair of themhave worked together in the past, and are now looking at building a team whichcan take Dorrells Restaurant on to the next level.He takes over the mantle from Australian ,Tim Wesley, who spent five verysuccessful years at Hadley Park House, but who has now opted to return homewith his family.