New culinary recruit to spearhead ‘sophisticated yet casual dining’ at revamped Monkey Island Estate

The Monkey Island Estate has appointed a new executive chef in preparation for its opening in summer 2018.

The Bray-on-Thames hotel, which is due to launch this summer, has confirmed that Will Hemmings is stepping into the hotel as it looks to offer guests a ‘sophisticated yet casual dining experience’ on the river at The Monkey Island Brasserie.

The five-star hotel is part of YTL Hotels’ UK portfolio of hospitality businesses, which includes high-profile properties, such as The Gainsborough in Bath, The Glasshouse in Edinburgh and The Academy in London.

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The Welsh chef has worked in a number of high-profile kitchens, such the Celtic Manor Resort in Wales where his career began, the Ritz-Carlton in Berlin and Sky Garden with Rhubarb in London, as executive sous chef. Most recently, Hemming worked as head chef of the Simpson’s in the Strand.

Hemming commented: “I am thrilled to be joining the YTL Hotels team at this point in the much-anticipated Monkey Island Estate launch, and am eager to put The Monkey Island Brassiere on the culinary map of Bray-on-Thames for both local residents and guests to experience.

“Bray is already famed for its impressive array of gourmet offerings, but we plan to offer sophisticated yet informal dining, an experience that Bray currently doesn’t have.”

Following YTL’s renovation, the historically famous Monkey Island Estate will offer 38 bedrooms and three deluxe suites, all designed by the award-winning New York-based Champalimaud Design.

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