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Head chef at Rutland Hall Hotel restaurant

Here at Rutland Hall, we’re thrilled to introduce our new executive head chef, Sumit Chakrabarty.

Our restaurant has undergone an extensive refurbishment over the last few months which is due for completion in July, and so we’re excited for Sumit to come in and use his expertise to lead our culinary team in a fresh new environment. Here, he explains why Rutland Hall is one of the best places to eat in Rutland Water…

About Our New Executive Head Chef, Sumit Chakrabarty

In his role, Sumit will be bringing not only delicious, internationally inspired food to the table but also a plethora of skills and experience to reinvigorate our hotel restaurant.

After being inspired by family members working in the hospitality industry, Sumit decided to study hotel and catering management. He then went on to start his successful career with prestigious companies such as The Oberoi Group in India and the Carnival Cruise Line in America, where he worked alongside Michelin-star chef Georges Blanc.

As well as serving delicacies in renowned establishments such as Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s, Sumit has prepared dishes for some of the world’s most prominent figures – for example, Bill Clinton when he was the President of the United States of America.

Why Rutland Hall is One of the Best Places to Eat in Rutland Water 

Inherently ambitious and with a determination to be a leading and successful chef, Sumit’s career took off not long after he was awarded the position of head chef at the Smith’s Hotel in Gretna Green, Scotland. 

Under his leadership, the hotel received two AA rosettes and he was highly commended as a Rising Star Chef in the prestigious 2008 Hotel Scotland Awards. More recently, Sumit has continued to build upon his vast range of culinary experiences by venturing around the UK, working at luxury hotels in Cheltenham, Shropshire, and Cambridge. 

Sumit told us, “Despite being new to Rutland, I can already see that there’s never an average day here; every day is exciting. I love the creativity in my job, as well as making others happy and meeting new people. The team here at Rutland Hall help to make it a great place to work.

Rutland Hall is set in a beautiful, enchanted, hidden location. We host weddings, conferences, outdoor cinemas, and meetings – but my favourite event to cater for is a wedding. I love being a part of somebody’s big day and helping them to create special memories that will last a lifetime”

Planning the Reopening of Our Restaurant

Sumit, who specialises in classical French cuisine, will be bringing his wealth of expertise and knowledge to deliver a fresh outlook to our culinary department here at Rutland Hall.

He said: “I feel very excited to become a part of the culinary team. We’re currently working on building a strong kitchen team that, I hope, will inspire each other’s creativity as we strive to become one of the best places to eat in Rutland Water.

“Once the new restaurant is completed, it will be a fantastic time in all of our careers to establish Rutland Hall Hotel as the go-to destination for food and drink. I’m hoping to achieve this by making changes to the food offering so that we can serve international cuisine in a refined way.” 

Our general manager and director, John Higham, said: “We are delighted to have Sumit joining the team. He is a true visionary in his field, and we feel very fortunate to have him leading the kitchen staff through this exciting period of change for the hotel and as we emerge from the pandemic. 

We can’t wait to see how his fresh perspective will reinvigorate the hotel’s food offering, providing a refined, international twist, which is sure to be loved by locals and visitors alike.”

We look forward to opening the doors to our newly refurbished restaurant in July; until then we’re welcoming guests for alfresco dining on our sun terrace and indoor in our existing restaurant. If you’re looking to book a table at one of the best places to eat in Rutland Water, please contact a dedicated member of our team.

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