Five-star luxury hotel Grantley Hall has appointed former Great British Menu contestant Samira Effa as Head Chef for its pan-Asian restaurant.

Samira joins the ‘Bar & Restaurant EightyEight’ team from TRUEfoods, where she worked as a Senior Production Chef.

Recognised for her culinary talents, Samira was asked to compete in the 2019 and 2020 series of the Great British Menu, where she showcased great Yorkshire produce, her love of diverse cooking techniques and favourite flavours which come from her mixed parentage, thanks to her Iranian mother and Nigerian father.

Speaking about her appointment, Samira said:

“I’m honoured for the opportunity and so excited to be joining the Bar & Restaurant EightyEight team and know that with my breadth of knowledge across the industry, I’m ready to showcase some exciting flavours and bring new ideas to the EightyEight menu.”

Grantley Hall Appoints Samira Effa as Bar & Restaurant EightyEight Head Chef.

Samira added:

“I’ve always had a passion for food and with my parent’s rich backgrounds, it was common for us at home to cook together using traditional Iranian and Nigerian recipes – both of which are bursting with flavour!

“I can’t wait to get stuck in at EightyEight and bring my own flair to the restaurant which I know is a popular spot for hotel guests and diners alike.”

Simon Crannage, Executive Head Chef at Grantley Hall added:

“We’re thrilled to welcome Samira to the Grantley Hall family and are very excited to see what she brings to Bar & Restaurant EightyEight.

“Samira has an exceptional culinary track record, along with having a genuine passion and love for food that I know will translate into her dishes for our diners to enjoy.”

Bar & Restaurant EightyEight is one of five restaurants Relais & Châteaux property Grantley Hall offers.

Other food and beverage outlets include MICHELIN-starred Shaun Rankin at Grantley Hall, Fletchers Restaurant, The Orchard and Norton Bar & Courtyard.

More information about Grantley Hall’s dining offering and how to book can be found here: https://www.grantleyhall.co.uk/dining

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