Dining, food & drink at Macdonald Hotels & Resorts

Macdonald Hotels & Resorts, the UK's largest privately owned hotel group has announced the appointment of two Regional Development Chefs. It comes as the award-winning hotel group, continues to lead the way in the hotel industry by having the highest standards in food service across its critically acclaimed restaurant portfolio.

With a host of accolades including 40 AA Rosettes held by restaurants across the group, the appointment of Stuart Duff and Giles Stonehouse will further support the development of food across the collection.  As drivers for continual improvement of standards across the group, Stuart and Giles will be responsible for delivering the collective vision across over 45 venues - the continual development of Macdonald Hotels & Resorts menus and mentoring of aspiring chefs of the future.

With over 24 years' experience in professional kitchens and 15 years at Executive Head Chef level, Stuart Duff, who is also Executive Head Chef at Macdonald Manchester Hotel & Spa, assumes responsibility for Manchester and the North. As well as food safety management, he will oversee all of the Scottish Steak Club restaurants, the kitchen teams and the ongoing implementation of quality control across the board.

Giles Stonehouse, who is also Executive Head Chef at Macdonald Bath Spa Hotel, takes responsibility for the South. Giles, who has 17 years' experience as a chef, will specialise in consumer trends and menu innovation, purchasing and new product procurement.  This approach will ensure the group continues to carefully select and use suppliers who can provide the highest standards of produce and who share the same ethos in food provenance and quality as Macdonald Hotels & Resorts.

Both Giles and Stuart will be responsible for recruitment, development and training to inspire the teams and ensure the very best level of service at each hotel.

Stephanie Hocking, Operations Director at Macdonald Hotels & Resorts commented: "As highly experienced chefs within the industry, Stuart and Giles were the ideal candidates for these key positions within the group. Together, they will help further drive forward our committed sourcing policy to ensure we continue to serve the finest and freshest produce in our restaurants, conference suites and meeting rooms and will be sound mentors for our chefs of the future."

Giles Stonehouse added: "I am relishing the challenges this new role will bring and look forward to further driving the quality of its acclaimed food offering across the group. Macdonald Hotels & Resorts is committed to being a progressive force in the hotel industry and we are dedicated to continually improving the groups offering."