The only restaurant to hold a Michelin star in York has a new head chef.
Will Lockwood has taken the role at Roots York on Marygate.
Having headed up the kitchen at sister restaurant, Michelin-starred The Black Swan, Oldstead, for the best part of three years, Will brings a wealth of expertise to the role.
Roots was established in 2018 by Tommy Banks and business partner Matthew Lockwood. The pair’s goal was to ‘bring a taste of Oldstead to the city’ and the restaurant’s tasting menu showcases a produce grown on the Banks family’s 20 acre farm.
Will joined the Black Swan in 2014, working his way up to head chef three years later.
“I’ve worked with Tommy, his family and the team at The Black Swan almost exclusively since I left university in 2014 and am ever grateful for the experiences I’ve had to date,” he said.
“I’m excited to be back once again and play a part in the continued evolution of Roots, which is different to The Black Swan in many ways and yet centred around the same ethos, devotion to local produce and self-sufficiency that I love so much.”
Tommy said he was “always amazed by the creativity and flair Will shows in the kitchen every day.
“I’m excited to see where we get to in the coming months with Will at the helm.”