Former catering student Craig is Head Chef at the 5-Star Grantley Hall in Ripon.
Craig worked at Cotswold House where he achieved Michelin’s ‘Rising Star’ status, then moving to work with Simon Crannage, Executive Chef at Swinton Park and on to the Talbot Hotel working alongside TV celebrity chef James Martin (former Saturday Kitchen live presenter) as the restaurant’s Head Chef. He then worked as Executive Chef at The Grand, a 5-star hotel, in York from 2014 to 2019. The College caught up with Craig when he was at the Grand.
Growing up in the small colliery town of Horden in the North East in the early 80’s, Chef Craig Atchinson remembers the very visible effects of miners’ strikes and the closing of large industry plants, with its inevitable impact on the local high street. His grandmother, who came over every Sunday to help with the lunch, talked of better times, but always seemed to have a smile on her face sitting with the family as they tucked into “the best Sunday roast ever”. Was this the start of your interest in a career in the kitchen? “Not straight away” he replied. “My elder brother went to a local college after leaving school and did a hospitality course. I think it was then my interest was sparked, so I joined East Durham College a few years later”.