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Lisa Goodwin-Allen (born 29 April 1981) is a British chef best known for being executive chef of the Michelin starred Northcote restaurant. She was also one of four winning chefs on season five of the BBC cooking show Great British Menu.
She began her culinary career by working at the restaurant Holbeck Ghyll in Windermere, Cumbria. She worked there on a part-time basis whilst completing a three National Vocational Qualification in catering. She also worked at Le Champignon Sauvage in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, which resulted in her being given a full-time position upon completing her college course.
After a year at the restaurant she felt that she wanted to return home to the north of England and found employment at Northcote under Nigel Haworth as a demi chef de partie in 2001, at the age of 20. She later explained that when she joined, she originally intended to stay for a year or two and then move on. After a year she was promoted to chef de partie. In 2003, she became a junior sous chef and was again promoted, to sous chef, after a year. In 2004 she was named head chef of the restaurant and placed in overall charge of the kitchen, at the age of 23.
She was a finalist for the Roux Scholarship in 2006, which was awarded to Pravin Sharma. In 2008 she was named Chef of the Year by the Northern Hospitality Awards. She competed in the fifth season of the BBC cooking show Great British Menu in 2010 in the north-west section of the competition. Allen was the only female chef competing in the competition. She competed against fellow local chefs Johnnie Mountain and Aiden Byrne. Marcus Wareing was the mentor for the group, which saw Lisa win the round and go through to the final. She ended up with a winning dish, becoming one of four chefs to cook at a banquet hosted by Prince Charles. Her winning dish was a rabbit and leek turnover with piccalilli. In 2011, she was named Restaurant Chef of the Year by the Craft Guild of Chefs.
Allen has an allergy to shellfish.
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