Thistle Haydock's Martin Gregory Wins Chef of the Year Award

By Thistle Hotels, PRNE
Sunday, March 6, 2011

LONDON, March 7, 2011 - Thistle Haydock's Chef de Partie, Martin Gregory is celebrating becoming
'Chef of the Year' at the St. Helens Tourism and Leisure Awards, which
recognise the achievements of those who contribute to the borough's growing
tourism industry.

Martin's win came after an adjudicated 'cook-off' where he beat off stiff
competition, including his colleague Jonny Barr, who finished overall
runner-up in the competition. Martin's menu came out on top, as the judges
were particularly impressed by his starter of 'Devil on Horseback' and main
of poached duck breast with duck crackling.

With more than ten years experience, Martin has worked in a number of
rosette-rated kitchens and, after first joining Thistle Haydock restaurant in
St. Helens
in 2006, he has helped the restaurant to also achieve a rosette standard.

Speaking of his recent accolade, Martin said: "We have a great tourism
industry here in St Helens and I'm thrilled to have been recognised for my
part in it by St. Helens Council. Working as a chef is much more than just a
job to me, it's something I live and breathe, so I'm truly honoured to have
won the title Chef of the Year."

General Manager of the Thistle Haydock hotel
Kim Burrows said: "Martin has always been a highly valued member of
our kitchen team and it's great to see him deservedly recognised by the
Council. We are extremely lucky to have Martin at Thistle Haydock and I am
very proud of him and his achievement."

About Thistle Hotels (

Thistle Hotels is part of Guoman Hotel Management (UK) Limited which
operates hotels throughout the UK. Thistle has 33 hotels across the country,
many in superb city centre locations, including eleven in central London.
With a selection of restaurants and a choice of excellent health and leisure
facilities, Thistle has something to offer everyone.

Thistle Hotels is the first hotel group to achieve Hospitality Assured
accreditation, across its entire UK portfolio. Created by the Institute of
Hospitality, the Hospitality Assured standard measures the quality within
customer facing businesses across the hospitality, tourism and leisure

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