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The Box Tree Ilkley announce new Head Chef following significant investment

The Box Tree Ilkley is thrilled to announce the appointment of Head Chef Brayden Davies as their new, culinary lead.

Australian-born Davies – a proud family man now living in Skipton – has taken the reins of the internationally renowned Yorkshire restaurant to bring a refined and more modern approach to the kitchen.

Chef Brayden Davies outside The Box Tree

Brayden will introduce subtle influences from his Australian roots at The Box Tree Ilkley – including finger limes, macadamia nuts and truffles (seasonal) – as well as focus on locally foraged ingredients.

Brayden Davies said: “I’m delighted to be taking the helm and making my own unique mark on the history of this iconic restaurant. The new menu has a more modern twist, and I’m excited to combine my different cooking styles with the rich and traditional heritage the restaurant is renowned for.

Long-standing diners of The Box Tree, as well as new customers, will receive the attention to detail that they should expect from a premium restaurant. I pride myself on knowing all of our suppliers, to ensure that the ingredients we use are of the finest quality.”

The Box Tree Ilkley restaurant interior

Brayden brings 6 years of experience working in four Michelin-starred restaurants – most recently as the right-hand man to Shaun Rankin at Grantley Hall and prior to that at Raby Hunt, Northcote Manor, and the Angel at Hetton.

Davies takes the reins in the brand new, state-of-the-art kitchen he’s been influential in designing. The kitchen refit at The Box Tree Ilkley includes everything from new workstations to a Japanese (open flame) Kasai grill, and the pastry section has moved into the main kitchen to ensure that all the chefs work closely together under Brayden’s direction.

Brayden Davies Box Tree Ilkley new Head Chef

Chris Stapleton, The Box Tree Ilkley General Manager, said: “Brayden brings a fresh vibrancy to The Box Tree and, having honed his skills in prestigious kitchens both in the UK and across the world, he brings an innovative approach to classic cuisine and a dedication to sourcing the finest seasonal ingredients.

The feedback so far has been incredible, and we’re really looking forward to many more people experiencing the next generation of The Box Tree.”

Established in 1962 in one of Ilkley’s oldest buildings, The Box Tree Ilkley was the first Michelin-starred restaurant outside of London, also known for being one of the most romantic restaurants in Yorkshire. It boasts an unquestionable reputation for exquisite cuisine and a commitment to delivering a truly memorable dining experience.

The Box Tree Restaurant, 35-37 Church St, Ilkley LS29 9DR


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Georgia Suggitt

14/03/2024

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