John Cook is new head chef at busy restaurant

Company: Stewarts Garden Centre

Stewarts Garden Centre Restaurant and Coffee shop at Broomhill, near Wimborne has appointed John Cook as their new Head Chef.  With over 40 years’ experience, John, a Liverpudlian, will help to prepare the kitchen team of 4 to meet the changes announced regarding the new extension to the centre that have been granted planning permission.  He will draw on his vast experience gained from hotel groups including Holiday Inns and the Thistle Hotel on Poole Quay and contract catering including British Aerospace.

Howard Arnold, Catering Manager at Stewarts, says that John Cook will ensure that the quality of food produced by the team will be of a consistently high standard: “John has joined us at Stewarts at an important stage in our development.  We aim to create a more intimate, friendly and interesting destination for anyone keen on horticulture and to offer some convenience for supplies to local people. John’s love of basic, great home cooked dishes will ensure that our customers enjoy a varied and tasty selection from our menu.”

John, a keen hill walker and “Munro bagger” also is a keen bird watcher in his spare time.

The passion for horticulture has been in the Stewarts family for 8 generations.  The business can be traced back to 1742.  Stewarts claim to be the earliest dedicated garden shop opened in 1955 before their first out of town centre at Christchurch opened in 1961.

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