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Executive chef by day, rock band front man by night…


Laurence Chell, executive chef at Yarnfield Park Training and Conference Centre is well used to playing to large crowds. When not providing outstanding catering for conferences and training events at Yarnfield, Laurence is leading his band, Quiet the Thief. Laurence is a busy man – delivering lunch and dinner services for 500 covers a time (and to an excellent standard too!) but we managed to grab him for an exclusive YP interview…

Conference centre catering with a twist!

Tell us about your talents as a rockstar!

“I’m the front man of an emerging rock band: Quiet The Thief. Our recent single, Slow Running Train, reached number one in the TBFM unsigned chart, which was amazing. We did our first gig as Quiet The Thief in August, after being together for only 18 months. And we’ve got so much more in the pipeline! Confirmed just last weekend, we will be part of The Breaking Bands Festival in May next year in Stoke Prior Sports and Country Club. We had to apply along with many other bands, so it feels like quite a feat but seeing as we’ve been in their charts for so many weeks, it would have been rude not to be included in the line up really wouldn’t it!”

Rumour has it that you might be mixing with some local celebrities quite soon?

Absolutely nothing is confirmed yet, but Quiet the Thief may or may not be part of a soundtrack to local film “Mothertown” – a zombie movie based in Stoke on Trent with a guest appearance from Nick Hancock. Film Producer John Williams asked me to send him our songs, so we’ll see what he thinks!

How did you find yourself working as a caterer?

“I gained my catering qualifications at Salford University and since then my catering career has led me to work in sports nutrition for football clubs Stoke City and Nottingham Forest, amongst others. I love leading Yarnfield Park’s catering team, and of course I get to combine this with recording sessions and gigs in the evenings and at weekends, and a beautiful and demanding 3 year old daughter – quite the juggling act!”

What are you busy cooking up at Yarnfield’s training venue facilities?

“I’ve been very busy working on the Autumn/Winter menus. I’ve got a thing for salt brisket… which is definitely going to feature in the menu somewhere. Biscotti’s also another favorite of mine I’m going to get that in there somewhere too. Salmon is always a winner and mackerel hasn’t been on the menu for a while now – a huge hit with noodles and sweet chili sauce… I’m doing something more traditional (and even tastier!) with it on the menu this time, how does a starter of mackerel with horseradish gribiche and nutmeg leeks, sound to you?”

We think it sounds delicious! If you’d like to find out more about the conference or training + catering/accommodation packages available at Yarnfield Park Training and Conference Centre, please get in touch! We can provide bespoke menus for all events.