OUR TEAM

CAL BYERLEY & IAN WALLER - The Chefs 

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Cal comes from a local farming family who have farmed in Northumberland since 1805. Together with his friend Ian Waller, whom he met and worked with at Grasmeres Michelin Starred Forest Side, have co created the food offerings at Pine. 

Working together with ingredients grown in Pines onsite kitchen garden as well as foraging in the Northumberland landscape, the menus are designed to showcase the best of what Northumberland has to offer changing with the seasons. Pines food offering is based around their common principals of using the best local ingredients sourced from independent suppliers, head to tail butchery as well as extensive preservation techniques to minimise waste and work sustainably as possible. 

SIÂN BUCHAN - Restaurant Manager

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Born and bred in Newcastle, Siân has worked in the hospitality industry for over 14 years. Siân's passion for fine dining began at the age of 21 when she travelled the world with the highly accredited, six star Seabourn fleet. Siân's adventures saw her work with talented chefs from across the globe; including the award winning Thomas Keller. Pining for her hometown and the warm nature of Northumberland, Siân found her place at Kenny Atkinson's Michelin starred 'House of Tides'. Here she experienced the joy of growing the skills of others. She later went on to become a hospitality teacher, helping to sculpt the North-East's bright, young future in hospitality.

Now Siân hopes to shape her own future, leading Restaurant Pine's talented front of house team. 

VANESSA STOLTZ - Head Sommelier

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Vanessa was raised in the historical region of Alsace in France. Bordering Germany and Switzerland, it was within this melting pot of culture that she discovered her true love for wine. From a young age her father shared his amazing knowledge with Vanessa. Keen to learn, she often explored the scents of her father's vast wine cellar and was occasionally allowed to sip from his glass. She developed this family passion into a fledgling career during a season in the vineyards of Sancerre. In the abundant Loire valley she was exposed to some of the most spectacular wines in the world before moving England to become a professional Sommelier.

 

Her adventures in England started at Hipping Hall then later Forest Side where she absorbed the knowledge of English Sommelier Charles C. Brown. Since then her talent for wine and food pairing has flourished. In 2018 Vanessa won the Champagne Gosset Matchmakers competition with her partner Ian Waller.

 

Vanessa's passion knows no limits. She looks forward to welcoming you to Pine to share her joy of flavour.