Young masterchef

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A winner of the prestigious ‘Young Great British MasterChef of the Year’ award has joined the Royal Hotel in Southend as Head Chef.

Harry Lumsdon, has relocated to Essex to join the Royal from Hertfordshire where he had been Head Chef at an award winning and AA recommended restaurant.

He was named Young Great British MasterChef of the Year in 2016 when still in his early twenties.

From thousands of entries, he won through to battle against eight other chefs in a final round cook-off at Westminster Kingsway, a catering college in London.

Harry said: “The Royal presents a great opportunity for me to showcase my cooking; the venue is unique to the area with a beautiful first floor restaurant.

“I am in the process of creating new menus across the board and wherever possible I am determined to source local produce.

“Looking out the Royal’s windows to the Thames Estuary, for example, I can see one local source and I intend to take every advantage of that.”

Owner Terry Garrett said: “This is a very exciting appointment with Harry’s experience.

“We will have new menus but still have the great cocktails and extensive drinks that the Royal’s bars have become famous for.

“We have recently extended our drink offering by introducing a range of delicious draught beers from Shepheard Neame, Britain’s oldest brewer from Kent.

“We have also put in a fabulous new bar in the first floor so we can now offer our full range of cocktails on the main restaurant floor as well as the cocktail bar.

“It certainly adds something to our monthly comedy nights where ‘The Comedy Club’ performs every month. It’s always a sell out.”

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