Andrew Brownsword Hotels has announced that Chris Simpson is to join Gidleigh Park as its new executive head chef.
Joining from Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Simpson will start his new role today, January 3, delivering his first service when Gidleigh Park re-opens after its annual closure on January 12.
He replaces Michael Wignall who left on 1 January 2018 following two years at the helm of the kitchen.
Simpson has held the position of head chef at Restaurant Nathan Outlaw for seven years, which has retained two Michelin stars since 2011.
Simpson comments: “It’s a privilege to have been offered the opportunity to take up the reins at Gidleigh Park, somewhere I’ve admired since I very first started cooking. Moving with the support of Nathan, I’m excited to be heading up my own kitchen and am ready for this next challenge in my career. I’m also delighted to be staying in the south west, to be able to continue to work with all the great local produce and suppliers in our region, and I’m looking forward to working with the talented Gidleigh Park team.”
Stephanie Hocking, CEO Andrew Brownsword Hotels comments: “We’re absolutely delighted to announce Chris’s appointment as executive head chef at Gidleigh Park. Having long been aware of Chris’s exceptional talent, we were very lucky to secure him as apart from his talent and experience, he shares our vision of serving the ‘very best of Devon’ to our guests at Gidleigh Park’.”