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Mark Burke, Head Chef at Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf & SpaMacdonald Portal Hotel, Golf & SpaAA 4 Stars

Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf & SpaCobblers Cross Lane, TarporleyCheshireCW6 0DJTel 0344 879 9082International +44 1829 734100

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Mark has worked for some of the finest hotels and chefs the country has to offer, including the flagship Macdonald Manchester Hotel & Spa.  Mark has been a cherished member of the team at Macdonald Hotels for ten years now, and he is proud that the hotel group has won AA Hotel group of the Year two years out of those ten, in 2009-2010 and again in 2013-2014.

Mark has won many prestigious awards along the way, including Nestle Junior Chef of the Year for Great Britain 2001 and Up and Coming Best Chef of Cheshire 2007, judged by Marc Hix. His dish was honoured as Best Welsh Lamb at the Welsh Culinary Championships in 2006 - and that's just to name a few.

Mark is also immensely proud of his young skilled team and of the delicious ingredients they source for their exceptional dishes. Where many other hotels and restaurants are deskilling and buying ingredients pre-cooked or prepared from frozen, he and his chefs use only the freshest and most flavoursome produce to create food of the highest quality.

Mark has been working with local colleges encouraging students to work at Macdonald Portal hotel on a chef apprentice schemes. Mark feels there is a lack of grass route chefs coming into the industry and wants to put time and effort into young people wanting to become chefs.

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