New talented Head Chef arrives at The Derby Conference Centre

Guests of The Derby Conference Centre are now enjoying a refreshed dining experience thanks to the launch of a range of new menus created by their talented new Head Chef, Matthew Slack.


As an experienced chef who has worked his way up to senior positions in local restaurants offering quality cuisine, Matthew hopes to create dishes that provide people with the most enjoyable experience using quality ingredients and exciting recipes.

Where possible, I use local produce from local suppliers to put across to our customers what is great about Derby and its local produce,” Matthew explains. “It is something that I am passionate about being born and raised in the city. As well as this, I am introducing a greater variety of dishes across all of The Derby Conference Centre’s menus to satisfy our repeat customers.”   

With a range of events, wedding and conference spaces available, the Centre is certain that the new menus and dining experience will allow organisers to put on a display that people will remember. The Centre also strives to make the event organising process as straightforward as possible for their customers, with high-quality food being an important part of this.

Matthew says, “I believe that food has an ability to put a smile on people’s faces, and that it is important to maximise this opportunity so that everyone who eats with us leaves happy. I hope to elevate the food to a level that all members of our team can be proud of. As a chef, it is great to achieve positive feedback from guests, but just as importantly, it is important that the staff are confident and proud of what they are serving.

Along with Matthew, The Derby Conference Centre has recently appointed a Sous Chef, none other than Matthew’s brother, Jordan Slack. Jordan is excited to be working alongside his brother in the kitchen.

The Centre has developed significantly over the last ten years. After a recent £1 million investment on the refurbishment of the Centre, they can now offer additional facilities such as; The Douie Suite - a private conferencing space with its own dedicated bathroom and breakout area, The Business Lounge and a return to the wedding market. Matthew and Jordan are both excited to be working on their range of new menus for the weddings, alongside the other new menus which will be served to conferences and the public.

It’s been a really exciting time for us here at The Derby Conference Centre,” Mike Ebbitt, Managing Director at The Derby Conference Centre explains. “For us, it’s all about giving our customers a great experience and value for money. We recently opened The Douie Suite to our clients, and announced our return to the wedding market, the response from which was fantastic. Now, with our newly renovated bar and bistro for Matthew and his team to serve, we are confident that we are able to uplift the quality of the cuisine offered.

Guests are now able to sample the delights of Matthew’s menus. For more about the facilities available at The Derby Conference Centre, visit

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