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Lisa Allen

Lisa Goodwin-Allen

Lisa's cooking is playful and, like her mentor, she twists the hallmarks of Lancashire cuisine to invoke new tradition. A great example of this can be seen from her appearances on Great British Menu, where in one memorable episode she reimagined Kendal mint cake (a confectionery item hailing from Kendal, Lancashire) as a delightful dessert, serving it with strawberries and meringue. With dishes like her wild rabbit and leek turnover with piccalilli, and her chargrilled hanger steak with loaded potato skins, Lisa shows that she is not afraid to take rustic local dishes and recreate them in a new and exciting way.

In late 2017, Nigel stepped into an ambassadorial role at Northcote, leaving Lisa to take over the kitchen, as well as day-to-day running of the business. Whilst the food offering at Northcote has had Lisa's stamp on it for some time, the extra responsibility for Northcote is a welcome new challenge for Lisa, and one she is relishing. 'I was doing a lot of the food development of the menus anyway,' she says, 'but now I'm involved in more of the business and day-to-day, as well as driving forward the food, the kitchen and all the people behind it, and the direction of the business.' Under Lisa's stewardship, Northcote looks sure to remain one of Britain's finest restaurants for years to come.