Town training for chef on majestic cruise liner

The Queen Elizabeth photographed by reader Chris Machin as she rounds the Castle Headland
The Queen Elizabeth photographed by reader Chris Machin as she rounds the Castle Headland

THE resident executive chef of the giant Queen Elizabeth cruise liner which sailed past Scarborough at the weekend was trained in the town, it can be revealed.

Bridlington-born Nicholas Oldroyd grew up in Malton and later attended Yorkshire Coast College, where he earned a Diploma in Catering and Hospitality.

During his four years in college he received a ‘Chef of the Year’ award and the St Emillion award for Outstanding Food Service.

Mr Oldroyd later joined forces with twin brother Mark, who is also a chef, and they became caterers to major and exclusive events at the North Yorkshire Golf Club in Strensall.

Following advice from a former employer, Chef Harold Saint Quinton, the brothers decided to work at sea, joining Queen Elizabeth II in September 1999.

In May 2008 Nicholas was promoted to second in charge of Queen Victoria’s entire galley operation and was later appointed executive chef and has served in that position aboard both Queen Victoria and the Queen Elizabeth, on which he met the Queen.

The Queen Elizabeth, which is Cunard’s newest ship, followed in the footsteps of the QE2 and the Queen Mary II, which have both sailed past close to the South Bay. Thousands of people saw the shop sail less than a mile off the South Bay on Saturday as part of its maiden voyage around Britain.