Lee Bell - Head Chef, The Joiners Arms
Lee first joined the company back in 2014 and started his career at As You Like It in Jesmond. He then re-joined the company in 2017 relocating to Northumberland at The Joiners Arms.
- 2014 As You Like It, Senior Sous Chef
- 2017 The Joiners Arms, Head Chef
What’s been your favourite project you’ve worked on at Apartment Group?
Being part the team at The Joiners Arms, developing the menus and the interaction with the community. I’ve also enjoyed the investment the company puts into staff development and the courses I’ve completed to develop my career.
What do you love most about your job?
To be able to use local produce from Hodson’s, the amazing fish they have on offer is an absolute delight.
I love working in a wonderful location which is so picturesque and steeped in history along the coast line at the foot of the hill. Coming to work and seeing the happy faces of the customers enjoying our food and the surrounds is so rewarding.
I was once auctioned off in benefit of the NUFC Foundation. This raised £2500 for the charity. The prize was to cook for a dinner party of 6 guests at a venue of their choosing.
During the’ Eat Festival’ I showcased an event in the Stephenson room at the Boiler Shop, called “the Great Nord Eats” this event showcased local produce foraged and sourced within the north east and was a complete sell out.
What makes Apartment Group different?
The Joiners Arms really is a huge part of the community and that really makes the staff feel like a family. The support and knowledge from the company and the investment in staff that the Apartment Group has at the heart of their beliefs
Lee's Words of Wisdom...
“Be Strong, Stay True, Keep The Faith.”
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