One of Britain’s most acclaimed chefs Michael Caines has resigned as Food and Beverage Director of Andrew Brownsword Hotels to pursue “exciting” new challenges elsewhere.
Caines, who has achieved two Michelin stars, will stay on as Executive Chef at Gidleigh Park country house hotel in Chagford, Devon, and in a consultancy role continues to oversee Michael Caines restaurants at the company’s ABode hotels.
This is his 21st year at Gidleigh Park during which time he has been showered in awards including AA Chef of the Year 2007, an MBE in 2006 and has retained his two Michelin Stars for the fifteenth year in a row.
Andrew Brownsword says: “Since Michael and I met in Exeter more than 10 years ago, we have been on a journey to develop a portfolio of hotels which give our customers a new level of comfort and service, while providing our people with a unique environment within which to grow their skills.
“We have grown rapidly from the acquisition of Exeter in 2003 and our 12 properties now offer a true voyage of discovery for travellers around the UK.
“I would like to thank Michael for his tireless efforts in developing our food and beverage offers to the very highest level and in growing and motivating our people to deliver high quality service to our customers, day after day.
“I’m very pleased that Michael will continue to be involved with our business, while also wishing him well with his future other endeavours.”
Caines says: “I have enjoyed a fabulous time with Andrew and Christina and would like to thank them both for their support.
"I am proud to have worked in close partnership with them to create the ABode group of hotels.
Caines is cagey about his new business interests saying simply: “I hope to be able to share these with you very soon!”
Watch this space.