Ashdown Park Hotel appoints new executive head chef as property prepares for F&B expansion

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Ashdown Park Hotel and Country Club has appointed Byron Hayter as executive head chef.

He joins with a wealth of experience, with most recent chef positions at Rhinefield House in the New Forest and Eastwell Manor in Kent.

His career has also included stints in Sandbanks and he became the youngest executive chef at Hand Picked Hotels L’Horizon Beach on the Channel Islands, where he received the Gold Award for Channel Isles Chef of The Year and was a semi-finalist in ‘National Chef of The Year’.

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Now as part of his new role at Elite Hotels’ member Ashdown Park, Hayter will focusing on service, ambience and local menus to create a showstopping dining experience.

He will oversee all aspects of dining, including the 2 AA Rosette Anderida Restaurant, as well as private dining, afternoon tea and picnics.

Hayter will also now be involved in the development of the hotel’s on-site chapel, including the creation of a new kitchen which will help to strengthen the property’s F&B offering.

He said of his appointment: “This is a massive opportunity to take on a role at a hotel with such a great reputation. Ashdown Park is in such beautiful surroundings and with great history, and being part of a small group of luxury hotels makes it more personal. I am looking forward to developing menus that follow my belief that less is more, and let the ingredients sing. Culinary trends move so quickly and it is great that the traditional techniques are returning.”

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