Lancaster London, one of the largest banqueting hotels in Europe, has appointed Ben Purton as its new executive chef.
In his new role, Ben will oversee the hotel’s two restaurants Island Grill and Nipa Thai, banqueting for up to 3,000 guests, room service, plus the menus and Afternoon Tea in the Lounge Bar.
He is also responsible for an 85-strong kitchen brigade (including chefs, support staff, stewarding, etc), plus Lancaster London’s Apprentice Scheme.
Ben is renowned for his passion and dedication for giving back to the community. Whether this is training ex-offenders and giving them a much needed second chance to succeed in the workplace, organising work placements for students, judging Springboard’s Future Chef Competition, or auctioning himself as a prize for charity, Ben always goes above and beyond. In 2001, he became a Springboard Ambassador for the Hospitality Industry to encourage young people to join the industry and won their Ambassador Award in 2003.
As well as refining and re-launching Lancaster London’s Afternoon Tea, Ben is looking forward to continuing to improve the menus across the board to give a five-star dining experience in all areas of the hotel. The hotel currently holds the Three Star Sustainable Rating in Island Grill and Nipa. .
Ben appeared on BBC’s Masterchef in 2013 while in his most recent position as executive chef at The Royal Horseguards Hotel. Ben has also worked at Selfridges Department Store, Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill, and as executive chef at Goldman Sachs.
Starting his career as a kitchen porter, aged 16, at the Woodford Moat House in Essex, Ben quickly rose through the ranks to Commis Chef at the hotel, eventually moving to The Hyatt Carlton Tower in 1994, aged 19.