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Pastry chef burned in kitchen explosion on road to recovery

13 February 2013 by
Pastry chef burned in kitchen explosion on road to recovery

A pastry chef was left burned after a suspected gas explosion at Suzanna's pub/restaurant in Little Scotland near Bolton, Lancashire.

The 28-year-old chef received burns to his arms, chest, neck and head, according to the North West Ambulance Service, which was called out to the restaurant on Sunday at around 345pm.

He was taken for treatment at the Royal Bolton Hospital.

Suzanna's is an 80-cover restaurant, owned by restaurateur Suzanna Young, who opened the venue in 2011.

A spokesperson for the business said the chef, named as Ed Stanley, was still in hospital but doing well and would be "absolutely fine". The burns he received were as a result of a flash, rather than fire.

The pub reopened on Monday and is back to full service today. There was slight damage to the kitchen ceiling, which has now been repaired, but no fire.

A cause for the explosion has not yet been established. Meanwhile, a spokesman for Bolton Council confirmed that it was investigated the incident under the Health and Safety at Work Act, but declined to give any more details.

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