KINO APPOINTS NEW HEAD CHEF – Exclusive Test Kitchen launches today

25th May 2023

Leeds restaurant Kino today announces the appointment of Josh Whitehead as its new Head Chef.

A former semi-finalist in MasterChef: The Professionals, Josh comes to Kino from The Coach and Horses in Harrogate and was previously Executive Chef at The Harewood Food and Drink Project.

Josh will be using the best British seasonal produce to create his trademark dishes. Diners are invited to sample his culinary style during an exclusive Test Kitchen which will run in Kino from Thursday 25 May to Sunday 11 June before performances at Leeds Grand Theatre and in the Howard Assembly Room. Offering a selection of starters, mains and desserts, the fixed price menu offers two courses for £24 and three for £29, with choices including Roast Thirkleby Duck with Braised Endive and Pastry Velouté and, with a nod to the venue’s previous incarnation as a cinema, Popcorn Polenta, Grilled Mushroom, Tempura Enoki and Grilled Onion. A full menu will be launched towards the end of June.

Richard Mantle, General Director, Opera North comments: “We are delighted to welcome Josh to Kino. He brings a wealth of culinary experience to the role as well as a passion for flavourful dishes prepared with his hallmark flair. The Test Kitchen will give diners a taste of what’s to come as Josh starts to create his inspirational menus for Kino.”

Josh Whitehead says: “I am very excited to be joining Kino as they continue their journey in Leeds. My aim is to cook memorable dishes which make the most of the incredible produce available in the region. I can’t wait to hear what people have to say during our Test Kitchen dates.”

A vibrant restaurant and bar on New Briggate in the heart of Leeds, Kino is part of leading arts organisation Opera North. It rapidly established itself on the city’s dining scene after opening in July 2022 and prides itself on offering exceptional food crafted with passion and authenticity and the best independent beers, wines and cocktails. Bookings for the Test Kitchen can be made at

Test Kitchen Diary

Thu 25 May                        4.30pm – 7.00pm
Fri 26 May                           4.30pm – 7.00pm
Sat 27 May                          4.30pm – 7.00pm
Tue 30 May                        4.30pm – 7.00pm
Wed 31 May                      4.30pm – 7.00pm
Thu 1 June                          4.30pm – 7.00pm
Fri 2 June                             4.30pm – 7.00pm
Sat 3 June                           4.30pm – 7.00pm
Sun 4 June                          12.00pm – 2.30pm           4.30pm – 7.00pm
Fri 9 June                             4.30pm – 7.30pm
Sat 10 June                         4.30pm – 7.30pm
Sun 11 June                        4.30pm – 7.30pm