Dorian Janmaat has been named as the new head chef at Idle Rocks in St Mawes, Cornwall, joining from two Michelin-starred Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons.
Janmaat takes over the role from Guy Owen, who departed the boutique hotel last month and will return to his home county in February to start his new position following a winter refurbishment at Idle Rocks.
For three years Janmaat was head chef at Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir, working at the iconic restaurant for a total of eight years.
Originating from Penzance, Janmaat says: “I am really looking forward to bringing all that I have learnt from Gary Jones, executive head chef and Raymond, one of the industries greatest mentors, back to the county I grew up in. My ambition is to capture the local surroundings with each plate simple, pure and straight from the source. I’ll be building a new brigade in St Mawes and welcome interest from passionate and enthusiastic chefs interested in joining me.”
Idle Rocks comprises 19 bedrooms and is owned by David and Karen Richards.
David Richards adds: “We believe that there is a real appetite for food produced from the finest local ingredients, and in Cornwall we have the finest produce anywhere. We are excited to have the brilliance of Dorian in our kitchen who can turn them into incredible dishes for our guests.”