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About Us


Michael Heathcote, Chef Proprietor of the Duke of York, Grindleton, was raised in Pleasington, Nr. Blackburn and his love of cooking stems from his childhood when his grand parents owned a bakery in Blackburn producing biscuits.

During his apprenticeship years Michael worked in several establishments the first of which was Pale Hall, North Wales. He then joined the kitchen at The Foxfields Restaurant, Billington, Whalley during the 1980’s where he continued his training and development for two years and followed this with a period as Sous Chef at The Auctioneer Restaurant, Clitheroe.

Michael then gained invaluable experience for 18 months working in top kitchens in America, Canada and Australia before heading back to the U.K.

In 1995 he joined the Borrowdale Gates Country House Hotel, Nr. Keswick as Head Chef and led the kitchen there for a total of 8 years achieving 2 AA Food Rosettes and entries in the Good Food Guide every year.

With over 20 years experience of working in professional kitchens Michael has a very wide understanding of his craft and is now delighted to have his own business in the Ribble Valley.


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