Monday 9 August 2010


The latest arrival to the Granary Grill’s team at Weston Park is set to get the taste buds racing for diners this summer.

Dan Smith from Wolverhampton has joined the recently opened, bar and restaurant, as the new Junior Sous Chef, working directly under the leadership of Weston Park’s head chef, Guy Day.

The 22 year-olds first task has been creating a selection of new dishes for the menu, reflecting the essence of summer eating incorporating seasonal favourites supported by local producers.

The passionate chef is no stranger to a challenge, inspired by his grandmother’s culinary skills, Dan completed his training at Birmingham College of Food before qualifying in butchery under renowned Codsall butcher, Alan Bennett.

Dan brings over six years of expertise to the Granary Grill having worked in a variety of kitchens across the Midlands before progressing to the Michelin starred, Yorke Arms, restaurant with rooms in Harrogate.

In 2006 Dan was crowned first place at the Young Chef of the Year awards, organised by MARCHE, which recognise excellence in the hospitality and leisure industry across the Midlands.

Speaking of his new role Dan said: “I am thrilled to be part of the Granary Grill team.

“I believe in not over complicating dishes, which fits perfectly with the restaurants ethos for easy eating and locally produced food, simply cooked.

“Guy is an excellent mentor allowing me to express my creativity. I am particularly proud of the Oriental Style Grilled Local Pork Belly with Tiger Prawns and Bok Choi and I am looking forward to feedback from customers.”

The new summer menu offers a light fresh taste for diners and includes grilled sardines, potted prawns in a lemon and herb butter, salmon nicoise salad, fresh strawberry savarin with strawberry soup and summer fruit crumble with lavender ice cream.

Head Chef, Guy Day, added: “We are very pleased with the early success of the Granary Grill and delighted to have Dan on board. His next challenge will be developing signature dishes to further enhance our diners choices and he is already working on the autumn menu.”

The Granary Grill is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week and tables can be booked by calling 01952 852 107.

For further information contact Sue Foster at Connect PR on 01902 714957 or email

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