Chef Profile – Myles Mumby

Meet our new chef, Myles Mumby….

How long have you been a Chef?
I’ve been a chef for fourteen years now.

How would you summarise your career highlights?
One of my favourite memories is winning an AA Rosette for the cooking I have been doing here at the White Hart. It was a wonderful moment and a great highlight to my career so far. 

What inspired you to become a Chef?
I watched my step mum cook a lot when I was younger, which was probably the first thing that got me interested in cooking as a career and inspired me to give it a try. Then I got a job as a pot washer and I watched the chefs building their dishes, using their creative talents and honing their craft in the kitchen– their skills really encouraged me to pursue cookery further.

What’s your signature dish?
I don’t have a signature dish but a key theme running through all of my cooking is that I like to use vibrant ingredients to give each dish that wow factor. 

Who’s your favourite celebrity Chef?
When I was training to be a chef I looked up to Marco Pierre White. Now I’d say that I admire Gordon Ramsay for all of his achievements and his focus on creating the very best food with ingredients that are fresh and in season. 

What’s the next ‘big thing’ in food?
I think being able to cater to every diner’s requirements is the next big thing, especially with the rise of ‘clean eating’ and the emphasis on unrefined, natural ingredients. It’s important for today’s chefs to be able to rustle something up for vegans, dairy-free and gluten-free diners.

 What three things couldn’t you do without in your kitchen?
My Rational oven, a serrated knife and coffee! 

Will you be introducing any new dishes to Grille?
Yes, we will. We’ll be using more local produce, like Alfred Enderby smoked haddock which will be served with saffron risotto and poached hens eggs, and adding to the menu in line with the changing seasons. 

What was your favourite dish growing up?
My favourite dish was also the first dish I ever made: Spanish tortilla.

…and now?
I think my palette has changed a bit now and I really enjoy the simplicity of lamb served with asparagus and jersey royal potatoes. They come together to make the perfect understated dish when everything is in season and fresh.

What is your most challenging dish to make?
Swiss Chard Lasagne can be tricky. Pieces of chard are used in place of traditional lasagne sheets, which means they have to be cut to size and layered up perfectly to stand up firmly and not collapse. 

What is the best thing about being a Chef in your opinion?
The positive feedback from people who’ve enjoyed eating what I’ve made is always a good feeling.

Finally, what’s your favourite dish on the menu and why?
The Duo of Red Hill Pork because it uses local produce and it was the dish that won The White Hart its AA rosette.

 

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Lincoln’s Hidden Gems – By Ian Robinson, GM at The White Hart Hotel

A historic city steeped in culture and charm, Lincoln is the perfect spot for sightseeing. Home to Lincoln Cathedral, this beautiful region also boasts an array of hidden gems from stunning walks and theatre shows to museums and boutiques. Here’s a local perspective on the best bits of Lincoln from Ian Robinson, the General Manager at the White Hart Hotel:

(1)  How long have you worked at The White Hart Hotel?

Five and a half years and the time has flown by! I love working with my colleagues here – you won’t find a friendlier team of people anywhere else.

 

(2)  What do you enjoy the most about your job and why?

The diversity of the job and meeting people is one of my favourite aspects. I also like hosting weddings at the hotel – there’s no greater satisfaction than seeing the smile on a bride’s face and knowing that I’ve contributed to her perfect day.

 

(3)  In your opinion, what makes The White Hart Hotel one of the top hotels in Lincoln?

The top-class service, the superb location in the heart of Lincoln (the historic Cathedral Quarter), a superb cocktail bar, and award-winning dining at Grille – Restaurant & Bar.

 

(4)  What do you like most about the city of Lincoln?

The city is big enough to matter, but still small enough to care. Community spirit still exists here!

 

(5)  What would you say are the ‘must-see’ spots of Lincoln?

Lincoln castle, where visitors can see the Magna Carta and go on a medieval walk around the historic walls, is a must-see as well as the stunning cathedral that attracts tourists from all over the world. The cathedral entrance is right at the top of Steep Hill – it’s fun to walk up the cobbled street simple because it’s so steep and there are lots of boutiques and speciality shops to visit along the way. The Guild Hall is a great place to visit too because it gives an insight into Lincoln’s fascinating history.

 

(6)  In terms of ‘hidden gems’; can you share any with us?

  • Not many people know that there’s a thriving night-time economy here in Lincoln. There’s always somewhere fun to go every evening and no two nights are ever the same.
  • The Bailgate shopping area has a plethora of independent traders, speciality food stores and clothing boutiques. It’s based in the Cathedral Quarter, one of the most historic parts of the city, so it has a quaint charm to it that shouldn’t be missed. Plus, it’s just a short stroll away from the hotel entrance.
  • You can use a downloadable app called Roman walk boundaries to help you find your way around the city’s historic perimeter. It makes for a fantastic walk and there are plenty of opportunities to take some eye catching photos.
  • For the most fantastic view of the Cathedral, our rooftop terrace is the perfect spot.

 

(7)  Finally, if you only had one day to spend in Lincoln, where would you go and what would you do?

  • Brunch at one of the little cafes on Steep Hill because there are so many interesting places to eat.
  • A ride on a tour bus because there’s always something new to be seen as well as the main stops at the Cathedral, Lincoln Castle and Cultural Quarter (ghost walks in the evening can also be great fun where you learn about the legends of the spirits that haunt Lincoln’s local attractions!).
  • Champagne Afternoon Tea at Room Bar, which comes with a chilled glass of champagne, fresh scone, clotted cream and homemade cakes, simply because it’s so lavish and delicious.
  • Drill Hall Theatre to see a performance – there are comedy, music, dance, film and children’s events all year round.
  • Room Bar for cocktails, a night cap to end the perfect day.