Chris Mann has been promoted to head chef of Titchwell Manor, Thornham, taking over from chef-owner Eric Snaith.
Mann has worked at the hotel for eight years and Snaith will continue to cook but will also be able to devote more time to other aspects of hotel management.
The new chef will be in charge of the brigade of seven chefs who run Titchwell Manor’s two dining rooms – the relaxed Eating Rooms and the more formal Conservatory – plus breakfast, afternoon tea, and room service at the 26-bedroom property.
Commenting on Mann’s promotion, Snaith commented:“We are delighted to be promoting Chris who has worked his way up through the ranks here and has proved his outstanding ability in the kitchen over the past eight years.
“He was instrumental in helping the restaurant win three AA Rosettes in 2011 and maintaining them ever since. He also beat stiff competition in 2015 to win Chef of the Year in the Eastern Daily Press Norfolk Food and Drink Awards, a huge achievement.”
Snaith, himself the 2012 Norfolk Chef of the Year, will now focus on other aspects of hotel management to ensure continued development of guest experience.
He said: “This is a competitive part of the country for hospitality, and I want to make sure we set ourselves apart from that competition.
“I want customer service at Titchwell to be as close to five-star as possible while retaining the intimacy you can only feel in a family business. I will still cook and of course always support Chris, but I’ll be spending more time out front and be more visible to our guests.”
Snaith insists that the transition will be seamless and says he is absolutely convinced that Mann will run the kitchen “brilliantly”.
Norwich-born Mann joined Titchwell Manor in 2008 as pastry chef, leaving a position in Marcus Wareing’s then restaurant, Petrus, in London’s Mayfair, to return to his home county.