Award-winning international chef flies in to Leeds restaurant

A high-flying chef has been appointed to head up the multi award-winning Crafthouse restaurant and sister venue Angelica in Leeds.

Lee Murdoch joins from the St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort in Abu Dhabi where he was Chef de Cuisine at the award-winning 55&5th The Grill restaurant.

Scottish-born Lee established his career at the 5-star Turnberry Resort Hotel where he won an Award of Excellence from the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts. He then ran the restaurant at Malta’s Grand Excelsior Hotel, before moving to Abu Dhabi where 55&5th The Grill won BBC Good Food’s  Restaurant of the Year award.

Lee takes the role of executive head chef at the D&D-owned Crafthouse and Angelica restaurants in the city’s Trinity retail arena.

Mark Morris, general manager at Angelica and Crafthouse, said: “The appointment of Lee is a coup not just for us, but for the region.  He has already made immediate changes to ingredients, composition and cooking style ahead of the launch of an entirely new menu next month.

“His vision for the direction of our menus – with a particular focus on Yorkshire provenance – matched with his undoubted culinary expertise will elevate our offer and enhance our reputation yet further.”

Crafthouse has won multiple awards since it opened two years ago including Best Service (2015 & 2014), Best British Restaurant, Best Fine Dining, Best Chef and Best Overall at the Yorkshire Evening Post Oliver Awards, as well as Restaurant of the Year 2014 from The City Talking publication.

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