Lisa Goodwin-Allen is Executive Head Chef at Northcote having taken the reins in October 2017, when Nigel Haworth stepped back to take up an ambassadorial role. Lisa became Head Chef in 2005 having worked at Northcote since 2001 when she was just 23 and has helped to maintain the restaurant’s Michelin star which it has held for over 20 years.
Lisa is passionate about using seasonal and locally sourced ingredients to incorporate her Lancashire roots into her creative dishes. She says, “I am ambitious and here at Northcote my goals have always been respected, that’s why I have stayed. Nigel and I have worked together on creating menus and dishes for a long time, the food will continue in a similar style, but there will be changes and I am excited about where I will be taking the menus. I like food to be very visual, very elegant and packed with great flavours. It must taste of what you see. Food is very emotive and I love re-visiting some of the classics.”
Lisa lives and breathes food; it is this passion that means she is always looking for interesting ingredients and techniques, and experimenting to create dishes where the ingredients and their flavour shine through. She works across the whole kitchen; managing the team, developing new dishes, handling the ins and outs of the commercial side of the kitchen, and creating a passionate and positive place for the brigade to work. Lisa continues:, “It’s important to me to see the team developing and progressing - always learning and moving with the times. I want the team to achieve as much as we can together.”
The Lakeside Project will create a world class outdoor activity centre that will be a place of inspiration and aspitation.