Horwood House Hotel in Buckinghamshire has announced the appointment of executive chef Mehdi Amiri.
Amiri joins the Grade-II listed manor house from his previous role as a consultant chef for several privately-owned estates and also boasts experience at the likes of Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons as well as a number of country house hotels including Dormy House Hotel & Spa, Swinton Park Hotel & Spa and Wynyard Hall.
Horwood House Hotel is due to open for the first time on May 17, following an extensive £20m redevelopment, spearheaded by ZIZ Properties which acquired the former De Vere venue in 2019.
As executive chef, Amiri will lead the 165-bedroom hotel’s entire culinary operations, overseeing room-service, afternoon tea, conference and banqueting as well as the launch of two new distinct dining concepts. Harry’s Bar & Kitchen, opening with the rest of the hotel, will offer a seasonally-led British menu, with refined destination restaurant opening later this year.
Mehdi Amiri commented: “It’s an incredibly exciting time to be joining Horwood House. Significant investment in the entire property and the focus on developing the F&B offering means I can play a part in the repositioning of the hotel, establishing the dining concepts as destination restaurants.
Karim Kassam, owner of Horwood House, added “We are delighted to welcome Mehdi on board. His appointment comes at a significant time for Horwood, and his vision and commitment for the hotel’s two F&B concepts supports our plans to make Horwood House one of the finest country house hotels in the UK.”
Earlier in April, Horwood House announced the appointment of Caroline Morrone as its new general manager.