The appointment of Jerome Cogne as the new head chef at Macdonald Linden Hall Golf & Country Club in Longhorsely, Northumberland has further reinforced the hotel's ambitions to regain its status as one of north-east England's leading hotel and leisure destinations.

Jerome (43) returns to Macdonald Linden Hall, part of the 2013-2014 AA Hotel Group of the Year with an appetite for achieving further culinary success. For the Frenchman, it's the latest step in an impressive 25-year long resume that has seen him work with the likes of Roland Durand at the 2 Michelin star Le Pre Catelan in Paris, the 3 Michelin star Maison Troisgros in Roanne (France) and alongside Joel Antunes at the 1 Michelin star Les Saveurs in London.

Jerome commented: "As a boy in the Loire Valley, I was inspired by the care and skill with which my two grandmothers would bake and prepare tasty stews using home grown produce. 

"So I am very excited to be returning to Macdonald Linden Hall and a hotel group that is equally passionate about the quality of its food offering.  As head chef and working closely with a team that includes my sous chef 'Rolly,' I have a real opportunity to make my mark on great tasting menus. I aim to ensure our double AA rosette Dobson Restaurant and Linden Tree Pub become firm favourites and must visit dining destinations in the local area and further afield." 

Andrew Thresh, General Manager Macdonald Linden Hall Golf & Country Club, added: "I feel incredibly fortunate to be able to bring Jerome, an inspirational and highly skilled chef back to our hotel and I look forward to working closely with him to help put Macdonald Linden Hall back firmly on the map."

It is Jerome's second time at Macdonald Linden Hall, having left in 2011 to be head-chef at the Bouchon Bistrot in nearby Hexham. News of his appointment also comes just weeks after Andrew Thresh was installed as the new general manager at the 50 bedroom hotel.

Set in 450 acres of grounds, in addition to excellent dining, Macdonald Linden Hall Golf & Country Club offers guests an 18-hole golf course, spa and pool.  The 200 year-old mansion house is renowned as a magnificent wedding venue with banqueting/conference space for up to 300 guests.