Chef Michael Wignall to depart Gidleigh Park for new venture

Gidleigh Park, part of Andrew Brownsword Hotels, has announced the departure of executive head chef Michael Wignall.

The luxury hotel in Devon first welcomed Wignall in January 2016, after Michael Caines left the role at the end of 2015.

Now Wignall will depart the property after the new year and look forward to ‘commencing a new venture of his own’.

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He has had a hugely successful two years at the helm of Gidleigh Park, establishing many accolades and gaining the hotel two Michelin stars after just nine months of starting.

Wignall said that it had been a ‘pleasure’ to live and work in Devon and was ‘very proud’ of what he and his team had achieved.

“I’m now looking forward to my next venture which I will be announcing in the very near future,” he added.

Former Gidleigh chef Michael Caines took to Twitter to wish Wignall luck, with the hashtag #noreasonjustpassion.

Stephanie Hocking, CEO Andrew Brownsword Hotels comments: “Michael has brought a breath of fresh air to Gidleigh Park, and his cooking, innovation and style won Michelin and industry recognition incredibly quickly.  We would like to thank Michael for all his efforts that have driven the  dining experience forward and have maintained Gidleigh Park’s reputation as one of the UK’s finest country house hotels in the UK.’’

Andrew Brownsword Hotels is a collection of 13 privately owned hotels, comprised of eight countryside properties, five city centre ABode hotel and Sydney House Chelsea.

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