Michael Quinn obituary

My brother-in-law, Michael Quinn, who has died aged 71, was the first British head chef at the Ritz hotel in London. He improved the reputation of the nation’s food and helped put British cooking on the map.

Born in Leeds, the youngest of six children of Frank Quinn, a gardener, and his wife, Agnes (nee Conboy), he left Corpus Christi secondary modern, Leeds, at 15, becoming an apprentice chef at the Queens hotel. He won national awards and prestigious posts from the beginning of his career. After working his way up to head chef at various hotels, in 1974, following divorce from his wife, Sheila, he became a single parent. He moved to Accrington to be near his eldest sister and her family, qualified as a teacher, then taught catering students at Accrington FE College.

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