Kenny Atkinson is a Michelin-starred chef who stays true to his North East England roots through the ingredients he chooses.
Kenny first shot to fame in 2009, when his beef salad starter was voted the best on BBC Two's Great British Menu. A year later, his mackerel with gooseberries was selected as the winner of the fish course on the same show, earning the dish a place at the National Trust banquet attended by the Prince of Wales.
Kenny has cooked in the Isles of Scilly, where he was appointed executive head chef of St Martin's on the Isle. During his stay on the island, the hotel was named Cornwall restaurant of the year by The Good Food Guide and achieved a Michelin star – the first for an establishment on the Isles of Scilly.
In late 2009, Kenny joined Rockliffe Hall as head chef of the Kenny Atkinson at the Orangery. In the same year he was named Chef of the Year at The Cateys, the catering industry’s most fiercely competitive awards.