With his classical style and modern twists Kenny Atkinson runs Michelin starred Seaham Hall in Newcastle...
Kenny is a Michelin starred chef who has recently returned to the North East, where he was born and bred. He is a freeman of Newcastle and the NE is very important to him.
Left school at 16 with no qualifications and no hopes for the future. His first job was working on a fruit and vegetable stall in Newcastle’s historic Grainger Market. After six months Kenny decided he wanted to go into pub management but was too young. Instead he worked for his uncle in the kitchens of the Ravensdene Hotel in Lobley Hill, Gateshead, where he fell in love with food.
After studying catering at Newcastle College for two years he headed to Greece for seven months. On his return to the North East he joined the Vermont in Newcastle where he stayed for 18 months before moving to Woodnorton Hall Hotel in Evesham, Worcestershire, where he met his wife.
Stints at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London, and Greenway Hotel, Cheltenham, followed. In 2006 he was asked to move to the St Martin’s on the Isle Hotel in the Scilly Isles to head up the Tean Restaurant. It was at Tean that he received his Michelin star – the first achieved on the Scilly Isle. In August 2008, he moved to Seaham Hall Restaurant, just outside Newcastle.
"Getting a Michelin isn’t just about good food; it has to be consistently good food. You can’t have a bad service. If you aren’t 100% consistent you lose the star."... Read more.