Catering Team


From flavoursome and fresh ingredients to developing the skills of up-and-coming chefs, our forthcoming cafés and restaurants will shine a light on the best of County Durham.

The first of The Auckland Project’s new eateries is the Bishop’s Kitchen, a café located within Auckland Castle which launches following conservation work later this year. This will be followed by a Spanish-inspired restaurant, and the Walled Garden Restaurant.

Menus will alter with the seasons as crops of fruit and vegetables are grown and harvested just metres from the dining table, in the grounds of Bishop Auckland’s historic Auckland Castle.

Our Catering Team will also work closely with local farmers and suppliers to make the most of their seasonal produce, celebrating the high standard of fresh ingredients grown in the north east.

Culinary Director, Ant Brown, working alongside Chef, Katherine Hindes, is determined to inspire a new wave of culinary talent, creating a centre for excellence in catering in County Durham.

The Auckland Project already employs a four-strong team of Commis Chefs, Jane Ann Taylor, Emma Rowell, Francesca Brass, Lucy Hendron and Café Supervisor Leah Pull.

All of the young chefs joined as Catering Apprentices in 2017 and after completing their apprenticeships with flying colours they are now honing their skills in the kitchen.

Much of the food will be prepared in our brand new Central Kitchen, where the team of chefs will further sharpen their skills, making everything from fresh bread and pasta through to intricate patisserie and whole animal butchery.

The freshly prepared food will then be fully prepped, cooked and served up at our cafes and restaurants in Bishop Auckland. For more information click here.

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