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Queen’s chef now at Leeds Queens Hotel

Kevin Connor, head chef at The Queens Hotel, Leeds, who previously worked for Buckingham Palace. PIC: James Hardisty

Kevin Connor, head chef at The Queens Hotel, Leeds, who previously worked for Buckingham Palace. PIC: James Hardisty

  • by Juliette Bains
 

Talented chef Kevin Connor is used to making meals fit for a queen.

The quality cook has worked for Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace and after gaining the royal seal of approval, has now taken a job at The Queens Hotel in Leeds.

During his time working at the palace, Kevin used to serve up state banquets for up to 500 people and prepared Her Majesty’s tea.

He said: “Creating delicious food for guests is my passion.

“My personal favourite is classic English food such as grilled fillet steak cooked rare, with fat chips, fresh vegetables and béarnaise sauce.”

Kevin has more than 15 years of experience in the industry and has training in classic French cooking techniques.

He has also spent four years working as an executive head chef at the prestigious Millennium Gloucester Hotel in London.

Kevin has recently taken up the role of head chef at The Queens hotel at City Square, Leeds.

He said: “I can’t wait for the challenge at The Queens.

“I love working with a close-knit team and I have found everyone there very friendly and welcoming.”

Ivar Van Diepen is the general manager at The Queens Hotel.

He said: “It is such an exciting time for us to welcome a chef who has previously worked for the most famous family in Britain.

“Kevin sets extremely high standards and has a clear passion for cooking.

“He is experienced in preparing for large events such as canapé receptions for up to 1,000 guests.”

The impressive chef is also keen to take part in an apprenticeship scheme so that he can help train up young chefs wanting to follow in his footsteps.

He added: “I am also hoping to get the opportunity to be part of QHotels’ apprenticeship scheme and be able to work with young chefs and help to contribute towards their future in the industry.”

 

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