Rocco Bar & Grill’s former executive chef takes up new role as head chef at the prestigious Linthwaite House.
DAVID Aspin has taken over from Chris O’Callaghan, who has left the four red-AA-star, 30-bedroom hotel after four years, during which time the property was awarded three-AA-rosettes. O’Callaghan has now taken up the role of head chef at the Castle Dairy in Kendal, which is staffed by Kendal College apprentices.
Aspin joins the Lake District hotel from the three-AA-rosette Rocca Bar & Grill in St Andrews, Fife, Scotland.
He has certainly worked with some prestigious chefs; Aspin’s 20-year career has included working alongside Paul Heathcote at Longridge restaurant in Preston. (Longridge was awarded a Michelin star whilst Aspin was head chef).
Other feathers to his cap include working with Marco Pierre White at the three-star Michelin Oak Room in London, Gordon Ramsay at Royal Hospital Road, London, Abstract in Inverness, Scotland, Northcote in Blackburn, Lancashire; Establishment in Manchester; L’Escargot in Soho, London, and at the two-Michelin starred L’Ortolan in Reading, Berkshire.
Aspin said: “I am very excited to be part of both an international brand and the team that is helping to deliver Leeu Collection’s vision for Linthwaite.
“I am passionate about local produce, including – foraged foods – and cannot wait to start using Cumbrian delicacies that portray the best of the region and the season. I have my heart set on establishing a world class food and wine destination at Linthwaite, creating dishes that will be perfectly complemented by wines from the Molineux & Leeu portfolio”.
Aspin will be joined by his former sous chef Iain Thomas, with whom David has worked at the Rocca Bar for three years and prior to that the five-star Rocpool Reserve Hotel with Albert Roux”.
Linthwaite was acquired by South African group, Leeu Collection in April 2016.
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