Head Chef George Dack at Warwick St Social – photo supplied
The newest member in the kitchen at Warwick St Social (WSS) is talented local Head Chef George Dack, aged 24. Working alongside Chef Patron Daniel Smith, George has now launched a brand new menu for Spring/Summer 2017. Understanding what their customers love has been intrinsic in developing this new menu and their approach offers a foodie experience to further elevate the dining experience at WSS. Working with freshest produce from their ‘Our Farm’ initiative and the finest ingredients from Norfolk and beyond, each dish from starters to dessert has been carefully crafted by the talented kitchen team to serve up the most vibrant squash, leafiest spring greens and juiciest berries. The new menu features dishes such as Cromer Crab, Sweet Potato Doughnuts, Cheese Sauce and Grated Pecorino; Chargrilled Swannington Fillet of Beef, Tarragon Butter, Sweet Corn Polenta Chips and Red Wine Jus.
Daniel recognises the need to ensure that staff can still have a sustainable life within the busy hospitality industry and handpicks his team. George was raised in Norwich and used to watch his mother at work in the kitchen when he started to cook with her aged 15 saying “she always let me use the kitchen no matter how messy I was”. Inspired by local and celebrity TV chefs, he asked to help out with the washing up in restaurant kitchens, learning how a professional kitchen works, enjoying the “buzz” and creativity and learning from their Chefs. On leaving school, he trained at Norwich City College, earning Pastry Chef of the Year in 2011 and a finalist award in Young Seafood Chef of the Year 2012. After leaving College he spent time in France learning about typical French cuisine before returning to his native Norfolk where he most recently held the position of Head Chef at Norwich’s Last Wine Bar.
George’s appointment as Head Chef at Warwick St Social is part of G&D Ventures’ ambitious plans and vision to create multiple scalable brands with a clear identity and concept and be an employer of choice by inspiring their people to develop a sustainable life in hospitality. “You are in the business of making people happy, therefore we always strive to provide a great product with great service in a great environment”, said Daniel.
Warwick St Social, launched in May 2016, is the third venue opened in Norfolk by G&D Ventures Chef Patron Daniel Smith and his business partner, Gregory Adjemian. Situated in Norwich’s Golden Triangle, this urban meeting place is rapidly becoming THE place to eat, drink and socialise with modern inventive dishes and on-point drinks.
Warwick St Social’s brand new Spring/Summer Menu can now be viewed on www.warwickstsocial.co.uk
Chef Patron Daniel Smith and business partner Gregory Adjemian run G&D Ventures as a holding company to realise their vision to create independent localised concepts in hospitality. Chef Patron Daniel is a hospitality professional with more than 20 years’ experience, whilst Gregory has a commercial background with vast experience across different sectors.
Their aim is to put their venues firmly on the culinary map; acquiring freehold locations, creating scalable brands with a clear identity and concept and to be an employer of choice by developing and inspiring talented rising stars to grow and take the business forward.
Their first acquisition in April 2010, The Ingham Swan, a 14th Century thatched former Coaching Inn, is now an award-winning Restaurant with Rooms offering fine dining in relaxed surroundings in North Norfolk, close to the Broads and the stunning Norfolk coastline. The Restaurant seats 50, with a refurbished bar area and outside terrace for alfresco summer dining. Four luxurious contemporary bedrooms were opened in March 2014 following the conversion of the old Stable Building.
The Wildebeest in Stoke Holy Cross followed in April 2015. Formerly The Red Lion, a traditional village pub, in 1994 it caused quite a stir when it was transformed into a gastro pub with an African theme. Now, it has new décor and signage and plans are in place to add Rooms to complete the Restaurant with Rooms concept in a great location.
Their third acquisition was The Mad Moose, which re-launched in May 2016 as Warwick St Social, an urban meeting place and social space with contemporary décor, serving on-point drinks and modern inventive dishes – the social hub of Norwich’s Golden Triangle.
Daniel appeared on BBC2’s Great British Menu in September 2016 representing the Central region, finishing as runner up to Danny Gill of The Bell in Coleby, Lincs.