Meet the Chef - Matt Worswick, The Lawns, at Thornton Hall Hotel & Spa
PUBLISHED: 16:26 15 April 2015 | UPDATED: 16:26 15 April 2015
Matt Worswick, 27, is the new executive chef at three AA rosette restaurant The Lawns, at Thornton Hall Hotel & Spa in Wirral. Liverpool born, Matt is glad to be back on home turf and has big plans for the fine-dining restaurant, starting with the introduction of a bold new menu.
Tell us a bit about yourself
I’ve been fortunate enough to work in some of the country’s best kitchens since I was 18. I became the youngest chef in Scotland to achieve a Michelin star while at the luxury Glenapp Castle Hotel in Ayrshire in 2013, which is a huge career highlight. I’ve also worked with some fantastic chefs including David Everitt-Matthias at Le Champignon Sauvage in Cheltenham and Simon Hulstone at The Elephant in Torquay. Those guys really honed my skills and passion and inspired me to keep pushing forward.
If there was anyone in the world you could cook for who would it be?
It would have to be my grandparents. They’ve had a huge influence on my life but I never got the chance to cook for them – I’d love them to see how far I’ve come and for them to taste my food. That would be special.
What do you eat at home?
My wife does most of the cooking at home and we tend to go for simple, quick foods like pasta salad, as it’s great for eating on the go.
What are your foodie loves?
The changing of the seasons because each one brings with it different produce. One of my favourite ingredients is ceps so I particularly love Autumn and look forward to putting them on the menu at The Lawns.
Another of my food loves is seeing just how much the food scene is developing outside London – there’s some great restaurants and truly inspiring chefs making their mark across the north of England. It’s fantastic to see so many chefs doing well.
What’s your favourite music to cook to?
I’m a huge fan of Motown and soul so you’ll find me cooking to Al Green, James Brown, Otis Reading and Wilson Pickett when I’m in the kitchen at home.
What do you do to relax?
Believe it or not my personal time is often spent reading cookery books, it’s the ultimate in relaxation for me – it’s great to be able to sit down, develop news ideas and learn from others. In a similar way I’m a bit addicted to all the TV food programmes, especially Great British Menu which I’m an avid viewer of. I also spend a lot of time eating out, as you’d expect, and walking our boxer dog too.