Lisa Allen, Northcote
Another fantastic British protégé, Lisa Allen’s career has seen her work in a variety of roles over her 17 year career at the Northcote restaurant. Having joined in 2001 as a demi chef de partie at the tender age of 20, over the next three years Allen worked her way up the kitchen before being promoted to executive chef in 2004, helping the restaurant retain its Michelin star.
Working under Nigel Howarth, Allen developed her own signature style and confirmed her place as one of the north west of England’s greatest chefs. Since then Allen’s skill in the kitchen has seen her go on to become one of the winners of the 2010 edition of the BBC’s Great British Menu, giving her the opportunity to work as one of the four chefs to cook at a banquet hosted by Prince Charles.
Currently Allen still plies her trade as executive head chef at the Northcote, which recently celebrated its 18th anniversary with a star-studded line up of one-night residencies from some of the country’s top chefs.