Great Fosters has appointed a new head chef to take the helm of the kitchen at the hotel’s Michelin-starred, 4 AA Rosette restaurant.
The luxury hotel in Egham, which was acquired in late 2018 by Peter and Deborah Hinchcliffe, will welcome Tony Parkin to the Tudor Room from April 15, replacing Douglas Balish who moves to Grove of Narberth in Pembrokeshire on May 1.
Parkin will join from his position as head chef at Graham Garrett’s The West House, where he has been for the last three and a half years. He has been in the industry for almost 20 years, with experience working as a private chef for Lord and Lady Bamford and at 2 Michelin-starred restaurant, Kommendaten.
Now as part of his new role he will introduce a new menu to the Tudor Room at the four-star hotel, which seats 24 diners.
Parkin said: “I am really looking forward to starting my new role at The Tudor Room. Douglas has done an absolutely amazing job and I’m hoping to continue the success of restaurant, as well as putting my own stamp on the offering. The opportunity to work at this award-winning restaurant is one I couldn’t pass up to really showcase what I can do and serve food that excites people.”
Peter Hinchcliffe, co-owner of Great Fosters, said: “We are delighted to welcome Tony to the Alexander family. We have been a fan of his work for a while, so to have him cooking in The Tudor Room is fantastic. We’re really proud of the award-winning restaurant and we’re confident that Tony will continue this success, putting the restaurant on the map, as a dining destination, not only for hotel guests, but for people wanting to experience the exquisite menu in an intimate setting.”