Publish Date: September 22, 2020 Posted By: Rosanna Frost

Many thanks to everyone who join our AGM on Monday 21st of September via zoom. over 60 members met to discuss the year’s successes and challenges during the ongoing pandemic. View the video recording below.

This year we were delighted to welcome Frances Atkins as a Fellow.

Each year at the Annual General Meeting a number of senior Academicians are selected to be invested with a formal Chair to their chosen mentor in recognition of their significant contribution to the Academy and its activities. The purpose of the Investitures is not only to recognise the dedication of the chosen Academicians, but also to remember and acknowledge the importance of our forebears, without whose contribution the hospitality profession would not be what it is today. Invested Academicians are awarded the Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts and are known as Fellows.

Frances Atkins has spent 40 years as a practising Chef working in her own five successful Restaurants. Most prominently the Yorke Arms in Ramsgill which gained a Michelin star in 2003 and was held for 16 consecutive years. This propelled her and her restaurant into the elite of the country’s top restaurants and Frances is now regularly seen on our TV screens.

Lockdown was a time for a change and Frances has recently launched an Airstream Food Wagon with two former Yorke Arms colleagues in the grounds of a Nationally Acclaimed Nursery.

As an Academician Frances has been a truly active member among our Northern Branch and is always available to support our activities. Francis has hosted a number of guest chef dinners to raise funds for Adopt a School and works closely with several schools and colleges in Yorkshire and the North East.

Frances Atkins chose Jane Grigson as her mentor.

Royal Academy of Culinary Arts AGM 2020 via zoom from Royal Academy of Culinary Arts on Vimeo.