The Black Swan in Helmsley, North Yorkshire, has appointed Patrick Bardoulet as head chef of its three-AA-rosette Gallery restaurant. He replaces Paul Peters, who is now the executive chef at Careys Manor and Senspa in the New Forest.
For the past 12 months, Bardoulet has worked in the Middle East as executive head chef for private clients. He trained in France before honing his experience in a number of five-star and Michelin-starred restaurants, such as Holbeck Ghyll in the Lake District as well as further afield in Denmark, Ireland, Cyprus and Dubai.
Bardoulet brings a track-record of winning accolades to the 65-seat restaurant. These include gaining three AA Rosettes within nine months as head chef at the Horseshoe Inn, Peebles, as well as scooping the AA Restaurant of the Year (2007-2008) and Eat Scotland Gold Award (2009 and 2012). At Cringletie House, Peebles, he gained three AA rosettes within 12 months as head chef and contributed to gaining AA Hotel of the Year for Scotland (2013/14).
The Black Swan is a four-AA-star country boutique hotel with 45 bedrooms.
General manager Paul O' Hanlon, said: "We aim to showcase Yorkshire's finest quality of seasonal produce to an optimum level. Patrick's passion, experience and cosmopolitan flair will bring exciting flavour combinations to our modern British menus. Our aim is to deliver excellent dining of the best calibre, yet with a realistic bill at the end of the night."