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The former head chef of three Michelin-starred restaurant Le Gavroche, has joined Hawkshead as consultant chef at the Brewery’s new Beer Kitchen.

Steven Doherty joins the team at Hawkshead because of its managing director’s aim of changing how people drink beer by introducing beer tapas – one of the Beer Kitchen’s food offerings at the recently expanded brewery.

Hawkshead managing director Alex Brodie says: “Our aim with the Beer Kitchen is to tackle the lamentable British tradition of drinking without food and eating without beer. We do this by ensuring that down to earth, hearty food is of high quality and can come in delicious, small and inexpensive portions that will complement beer.”

Steven will be working with resident chef, Kester Marsh on developing the Brewery’s food offering along with its food matching dinners which Hawkshead has recently launched.

Doherty commented: “I am delighted to be working with Hawkshead Brewery on their innovative food offering.

Having inexpensive and surprising tapas dishes, swiftly served, to accompany beer at the bar as well as more usual seasonal main courses is different. I think the beer and food matching we are doing is the future for pub food.”

The Beer Kitchen is part of Hawkshead’s new Beer Hall which is seen as a showcase for real ale and the subject to an investment of £250,000, which sees the Brewery increasing its production to produce 180 barrels per week.

The new Beer Hall has viewing galleries throughout enabling visitors to look into the brew house, the cellar, the temperature controlled specialist beer shop and the new fermentation room.

Doherty began his career at the Savoy before moving to Le Gavroche as a commis chef where he worked his way up to the role of chef de partie. This was followed by a two year stint at the Alain Chapel's restaurant in France before returning to become a sous chef for Albert Roux's.

Le Gavroche went on to gain three Michelin stars making Steven the first ever British head chef at a three Michelin-starred establishment. In April 2003, Steven was awarded the contract to set up and run the new cafe within the Lakeland Limited store in Windermere, and has since acted as its consultant for cafe operations in other UK stores.

Doherty also pioneered the concept of gastropubs with firstly the Brown Horse in Winster and later The Punch Bowl at Crosthwaite to high acclaim.


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