Will Holland dived into the hotel industry in October 2017 when he joined The Atlantic Jersey as executive chef across the business and to head up the property’s Ocean Restaurant.
He’d upped sticks from Wales for the role, departing Coast Restaurant in Pembrokeshire, which is part of The Seren Collection owned by Neil and Zoe Kedward, also owners of the impressive boutique hotel, The Grove of Narberth.
Holland has been working in Michelin-starred restaurants since the age of 18, and was awarded a star before he was 30. He was instrumental in the launch of Coast Restaurant, which scooped 2 AA Rosettes just five days after opening in 2014, and a year later the eatery was awarded AA Restaurant of the Year for Wales.
The decision to move to Jersey to head up the F&B operations at the Atlantic was a big one; he was to take over from executive chef Mark Jordan, who had held a Michelin star at the property for the last 11 years. But for managing director Patrick Burke, Holland emerged as the ‘stand-out’ candidate and is already proving his worth.
Despite the legacy left by Jordan, Holland doesn’t seem fazed. Instead he is fired up and ready to take things up a notch at The Atlantic, with the launch of The Tasting Room concept earlier this year marking his first new development.
He is now gearing up to roll out his overhauled menus across the business – from afternoon tea, to a new more casual market menu and a selection specifically tailored towards ‘little ones’ – and his appointment has already attracted a couple of key new members of staff who share his love for giving guests a fantastic experience.