CAL BYERLEY - Chef-Patron
Cal Byerley comes from a local farming family who have farmed in Northumberland since 1805. He started his career as a chef working over the road from Vallum Farm at the Robin Hood Inn at the age of 16. His career escalated quickly working as Head Pastry Chef in the regions best hotels and restaurants, including Michelin starred Forest Side and Rogan & Co; where he discovered his passion for pastry and bread making.
Cal gets his inspiration from growing his own ingredients and foraging in the Northumberland landscape.
SIÂN BUCHAN - Restaurant Manager
Born and bred in Newcastle, Siân has worked in the hospitality industry for over 13 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.
IAN WALLER - Head Chef
Originally from Saddleworth Ian began his career working in some of the finest hotels in the North-West and Yorkshire. Hailing from a keen gardening family his interests in home grown and locally sourced produce lead him to Michelin Star hotel 'Forest Side'. There, his love for sustainable and natural food flourished, it was during this time that Ian met Vanessa and Callum whilst fulfilling his duty as Sous Chef.
Before moving to the North East, Ian has spent his time working in Michelin starred restaurants within the bustling streets of our capital. He will be making his pilgrimage to Northumberland to work amongst a team of passionate people in an extraordinary part of the country with great natural ingredients.
VANESSA STOLTZ - Head Sommelier
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.