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The Box Tree announce new head chef Brayden Davies

The Box Tree in Ilkley has announced the appointment of Head Chef Brayden Davies as its new culinary lead.


Australian-born Davies – a proud family man now living in Skipton – has taken the reins of the internationally renowned Yorkshire restaurant to bring a refined and more modern approach to the kitchen. Brayden will introduce subtle influences from his Australian roots – including finger limes, macadamia nuts and truffles (seasonal) - as well as focus on locally foraged ingredients.


Brayden said: “I’m delighted to be taking the helm and making my own unique mark on the history of this iconic restaurant. The new menu has a more modern twist, and I’m excited to combine my different cooking style with the rich and traditional heritage the restaurant is renowned for.


“Long standing diners, as well as new customers, will receive the attention to detail that they should expect from a premium restaurant. I pride myself on knowing all of our suppliers, to ensure that the ingredients we use are of the finest quality.”


Brayden brings 6 years’ experience working in four Michelin-starred restaurants - most recently as the right-hand man to Shaun Rankin at Grantley Hall and prior to that at Raby Hunt, Northcote Manor, and the Angel at Hetton.


Davies takes the reins in the brand new, state-of-the art kitchen he’s been influential in designing. The kitchen refit includes everything from new workstations to a Japanese (open flame) Kasai grill, and the pastry section has moved into the main kitchen to ensure that all the chefs work closely together under Brayden’s direction.  


Chris Stapleton, The Box Tree General Manager, said: “Brayden brings a fresh vibrancy to The Box Tree and, having honed his skills in prestigious kitchens both in the UK and across the world, he brings an innovative approach to classic cuisine and a dedication to sourcing the finest seasonal ingredients.


“The feedback so far has been incredible, and we’re really looking forward to many more people experiencing the next generation of The Box Tree.”


Established in 1962 in one of Ilkley’s oldest buildings, The Box Tree was the first Michelin starred restaurant outside of London. It boasts an unquestionable reputation for exquisite cuisine and a commitment to delivering a truly memorable dining experience.


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