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MasterChef finalist takes Young's pub head chef role

08 October 2013 by
MasterChef finalist takes Young's pub head chef role

Pub company Young's has appointed MasterChef 2011 finalist Tom Whitaker to the role of head chef at its soon-to-be-relaunched White Hart in Barnes.

Whitaker will head up the kitchen team and create the menu at the revamped pub, which is set to open on 9 October.

Whitaker has experience of working at Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley and Fergus Henderson's St John, as well as running his own private dining company. He has also run a series of pop-ups including Porklife and the Day Boat Cooperative.

Whitaker said: "The opportunity to be involved with this project was too good to pass up. I have always felt that pubs and the cuisine they can offer should be the heart of British dining. It's great to be working with a truly British company such as Young's and I'm genuinely excited about what the White Hart can offer its customers."

Young's operations director Peter Taylor said: "We are very excited that Tom has come on board for this project. His passion for seasonal, British food and for offering a quality dining experience is a vision we share at Young's. Diners can expect great things from Tom's menu, which will demonstrate the creativity and skill that saw him through to the MasterChef final."

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