Influential women in the Lancashire and the Lake District hospitality scene

PUBLISHED: 00:00 27 April 2020

Stosie Madi, The Parkers Arms

Stosie Madi, The Parkers Arms

Visit Lancashire

Inspiring women from Lancashire and the Lake District have been celebrated on a list recognising the most influential women in hospitality

Lisa Goodwin-Allen in charge at Northcote's kitchenLisa Goodwin-Allen in charge at Northcote's kitchen

Chefs, food entrepreneurs and writers from Lancashire and the Lake District were recognised in a list of the country’s most influential 100 women in hospitality. The group of talented women were celebrated for everything from their business acumen and knowledge to their skills in driving a restaurant forward.

Northcote’s executive chef Lisa Goodwin-Allen, who took the reins at the Michelin starred culinary institution in 2017, was credited with helping the restaurant retain its star for more than 20 years and driving forward its annual Obsession festival, founded by former head chef Nigel Haworth.

Mary-Ellen McTague, chef proprietor at The Creameries, has more than 20 years’ experience including at The Fat Duck and her own restaurant Aumbry. The chef, as you will have read just a few pages ago, can now be found in her Manchester restaurant and wine bar The Creameries. Both women were named in the Chefs category.

The Seafood Pub Company founder Joycelyn Neve was lauded for the success of her business that, in less than 10 years, has ten country inns and dining pubs across Lancashire and Yorkshire. She was credited in the management category.

Nina Matsunaga at work in the kitchenNina Matsunaga at work in the kitchen

Stosie Madi, chef patron, co-owner and founder of Newton in Bowland’s Parkers Arms – and a woman who has gained a cult following for her prized pies – was recognised for growing the rural pub stratospherically since taking it over in 2007 and earning an impressive seventh on the prestigious Top 50 Gastropubs list.

Stosie was recognised in the Ones to Watch category alongside Nina Matsunaga, head chef at The Black Bull in Sedbergh – the most recent recipient of a Lancashire Life Restaurant with Rooms Award. Born in Germany of Japanese heritage, Nina moved to Sedbergh in 2014 with her husband James to open The Three Hares. They later opened the inn and dining room The Black Bull, with Matsunaga at the helm in the kitchen where she creates menus full of Asian flourishes. She, and it, have won rave reviews and a place on the Estrella Damm Top 50 UK Gastropub list.

‘I’m flabbergasted to be honest, especially being listed alongside the likes of Grace Dent and Jancis Robinson, who are both Cumbrians,’ says Nina. ‘I’ve just been doing my thing day to day; I don’t consider what I do to be any different to what the next person is doing.

‘But it does give me a future platform to promote what women are achieving in the industry, to highlight the careers available and hopefully encourage more women into what is still a very male dominated industry.’

The Guardian restaurant critic Grace Dent, who grew up in Carlisle, was recognised in the Comms and Media category along with Lucy Noon-Blake, an all-round mover and shaker in the Manchester dining scene, who now uses her experience and knowledge as a hospitality, marketing and experience consultant.

Sheila Dillon, a journalist, broadcaster and presenter of Radio 4’s Food Programme, grew up in Hoghton and her name has become synonymous with championing and shining a light on the food and drink industry. She was recognised in Code Hospitality’s Hall of Fame alongside Cumbrian-born Jancis Robinson OBE, food critic, journalist, wine writer and Financial Times columnist.

The Code list is designed to champion women in hospitality and shine a light on the diverse range of opportunities and career paths available to women in the industry.

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Latest from the Lancashire Life