We are thrilled to announce that Michelin starred chef Paul Welburn has joined The Leconfield to head up the team as our new head chef. Paul has trained with some of the best chefs in Britain and has years of Michelin-star cooking behind him, holding a star for five years at restaurant W1. Cooking gently nostalgic British dishes with a modern twists, his career has already spanned top London restaurants, taking him a long way from his Scarborough roots.
In 2014 he appeared on Great British Menu. He says: ‘For me, it was the most exciting, amazing thing – even up there with earning the star. It was a very proud moment for my family and my region, and also for the chefs who trained me. It also felt like all my hard work had paid off – finally I had a chance to showcase what these people had given to me and give it back.’ His main course for the D-Day brief, ‘Blackout Beef’ with beef rib, beef heart, carrot and bone marrow, was awarded a perfect 10/10 by veteran judge Phil Howard.
He says he has always pushed himself, always tried to achieve his highest potential – to be the best that he can be. But this is not at the expense of those around him. Helping, teaching and supporting his team, as chefs such as Gary Rhodes did for him, is a key part of his working practices. For both himself, and his team, the drive and work ethic exhibited by Paul Welburn stays true to the life philosophy his father tried to instil: ‘What you put in, you get out".
Paul is really looking forward to joining us from Monday and introducing new menus amongst other exciting plans. Wherever possible his dishes highlight the best of British seasonal produce – both farmed and foraged – something important to Paul's identity as a chef – ‘my big thing’ as he describes it. He is really looking forward to meeting and working with the fantastic local producers and farmers we are privileged to have in the South Downs and Petworth area.
You can read more about Paul on the Great British Chefs website here.