Michael Wignall joins Gidleigh Park to replace Caines


Michael Wignall has been confirmed to replace Michael Caines in the role of executive head chef at Gidleigh Park in Devon.

He joins from The Latymer at Pennyhill Park and will officially start in his new position, which will not only see him lead the kitchen at Gidleigh Park but also consult across the F&B offering for Abode Hotels, on January 4 2016.

It was announced this month that Michael Caines would hang up his apron at the property, after more than 21 years, to pursue new ventures of his own.

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During his time at Gidleigh, Caines has retained the restaurant’s two Michelin stars every year for 17 consecutive years, as well as being named AA Chef of the Year in 2007 and awarded an MBE in 2006.

Wignall is well equipped to continue this legacy, coming with his own impressive list of award wins and accolades throughout his career, including two Michelin stars and five AA Rosettes and The Latymer.

Michael Wignall comments: “Gidleigh Park enjoys an enviable record of excellence and I’m very much looking forward to joining the team and working together. It’s with sadness that I leave the talented team at The Latymer, but I go with an enormous sense of pride from everything we’ve achieved together.”

Andrew Brownsword comments: “We’ve taken our time to find the very best successor to Michael Caines, someone we are confident can build on the solid foundations and great reputation that the iconic Gidleigh Park enjoys. We’re excited about the future and are delighted that Michael is to join us, having long admired his outstanding talent at The Latymer and before then at The Devonshire Arms and look forward to a successful partnership ahead.”