Chris heading for new chef challenge

One of Shropshire’s leading chefs has moved to pastures new.

Chris Condé (31), has taken up the post of head chef at Henry Tudor House in Shrewsbury, taking charge of a restaurant, function room and brasserie with 200 covers.

Chris made his name at The Inn at Grinshill where his culinary skills gained him two AA rosettes and put the establishment in the Good Food Guide this year.

He also beat off hundreds of other chefs from throughout the country to reach the quarter finals of the prestigious BBC programme Masterchef the Professionals in 2011.

Commenting on his move to Henry Tudor House, situation off Wyle Cop, he said: “After three very enjoyable years at Grinshill I felt the time was right for a new challenge.

“I am very much looking forward to working with the team in Shrewsbury, which is an exciting addition to the town’s thriving food scene. It is great to be here and I am working closely with proprietors Graham and Clare Jenkins to develop the menus.”

Originally from Wrexham, Chris started his career as a kitchen porter at the Grovesnor Pulford Hotel in Chester, where he moved on to being a trainee chef, gaining a ‘Student of the Year’ award during his NVQ studies. He was also a finalist in the North West Chef of the Year competition.

Chris then worked at LLyndir Hall in Rosset, the Craxton Wood Hotel and the Ramada Plaza Hotel in Wrexham before transferring to Paul Heathcote’s restaurants in Lancashire and the Michelin-starred Fischers restaurant in Derbyshire.

Clare Jenkins of Henry Tudor House commented: “Chris is a really accomplished chef with a great future ahead of him – we are delighted that he has agreed to join our team here.”

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