Murray Wilson, head chef at independent restaurant Norse in Harrogate, has won the Chef of the Year award at the prestigious annual Harrogate Hospitality Awards.

The awards, which are organised by Destination Harrogate and are now in their seventh year, aim to recognise and celebrate the people and businesses which best represent the town’s business and leisure tourism industry.

Located within Baltzersen’s, a café offering traditional Scandinavian-inspired dishes by day, Norse only opens in the evenings, serving an innovative, contemporary menu inspired by the Nordic heritage of owner Paul Rawlinson.

Murray, a former Masterchef ‘The Professionals’ finalist, previously worked at Claridges, as well as the Michelin-starred ‘The Yorke Arms’ at Ramsgill before Norse. His cooking uses the freshest in-season local produce given a unique Scandi twist.

Murray fought off stiff competition from Van Zellars, MK Catering and Deanos Graze and Grill to win the award.

Paul Rawlinson, said: “We’re thrilled to have won this award and to have Murray’s cooking recognised by locals and visitors to the town alike.    We are passionate about what we do and are honoured to be leading such illustrious company.”

Murray has previously featured as ‘One to Watch’ in Waitrose Kitchen magazine

Candidates for the awards are nominated by the general public, as well as visitors to Harrogate.  More than 900 nominations were received this year.

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