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Newly Appointed Head Chef David Douglas-Law

When one of Pembrokeshire’s best-loved hotels was forced to close its doors because of the Coronavirus pandemic, it’s newly-appointed head chef took the time out to create new recipes and menus at home.  David Douglas-Law joined the award-winning team at Tenby’s Giltar Hotel in the new year.

Born and bred in the resort, 44-year-old David attended the town’s Greenhill School, before studying at Pembrokeshire College.  He gained a BSc in sports science at university, before returning to his native Tenby to manage the then newly-opened gym at Heywood Mount Hotel.  But when owner Dennis Andrews had to go into hospital for an operation, David was recruited to the kitchen and was trained as a chef.  A role which resulted in a new career path for David.

On holiday to Cancun, Mexico, David met his wife Stephanie and a move to Leeds followed.  When their son Ethan was born, the couple decided they wanted him to have a seaside upbringing and returned to Tenby when he was 18-months-old.

David took up a role as Business Development Manager and Wedding Co-ordinator at the Heywood Mount Hotel.  But it was in 2009 that David achieved one of his dreams - he opened his own business, The Mews Surf Bar and Grill in Upper Frog Street which he ran for six years.

More recently, David has been working at The Qube in Tudor Square.  But when he saw the Giltar’s head chef job advertised, he decided it was time for a change and jumped at the chance to apply.

“I love cooking,” said David.

“Cooking grilled meats is my favourite and I like to be quirky adding my own ingredients to recipes to make them unique.”  Explained David: “I had only been in post for a couple of weeks when we went into lockdown. It was indeed a very strange time, but while at home, I used the time to create some new dishes and design some new menus for guests and visitors as I was keen to enhance the hotel’s reputation for fine cuisine even further.

“I am delighted to now be back in the kitchen at the Giltar. I’m working alongside Jimmy, Paul and Griff in the kitchen and all four of us are happy to be back doing what we do best.”

David and Stephanie have two children Ethan, who is now 13, and Ryan, 10.  When he’s not working, David is a keen triathlete having completed three Ironman Wales events.

Owner of The Giltar Hotel, Malcolm Brace said: “We are delighted to be back open and of course to welcome David to the team here at The Giltar.  We look forward to his new menus and style of cooking which we know will prove extremely popular with our guests and visitors.  We would like to thank all our regular guests and our locals for their continued support since we have re-opened. The hotel is looking slightly different now due to the regulations that have been put in force, but it is all for the safety and comfort of all our guests.  We also have to mention our staff who as always have been there for us and have helped with their support through these trying times. Thank you again for all your support.”

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