Gareth Jones, the former head chef at La Brasserie at Chester Grosvenor, has been appointed as development chef at private country house wedding and events venue, Iscoyd Park in Shropshire.
Jones will join David Cox in the kitchen, who took on the role of head chef at the venue in 2018.
Both have a strong pedigree working across a number of Michelin and multi-rosette winning establishments, with the move set to bolster Iscoyd Park’s plans to ‘revolutionise weddings and events catering’, since the decision was made to bring catering in-house in 2018.
Jones brings 20 years’ experience from some of the best restaurants and hotels in the North West, most recently at The Chester Grosvenor, spending a number of years alongside Michelin-star chef, Simon Radley.
Prior to this, he was head chef of Mr Coopers House and Garden under Simon Rogan and gained much of his early training at the Michelin Star ‘Arkle Restaurant’ at The Chester Grosvenor.
He worked his way up from demi chef de partie to sous chef over seven years before moving on to his first head chef role at the 3 AA Rosette Bodysgallen Hall Hotel and Spa.
Jones comments: “Iscoyd has been on my radar for some time and I am fully behind their ambitious plans. Working alongside David Cox and the team, we plan to develop really exciting menus that will set Iscoyd apart from the rest and continue to build on Iscoyd’s excellent reputation for the food it is producing.”
Director of Iscoyd Park, Phil Godsal, comments: “Our head chef, David Cox, has a wealth of experience in top establishments (Angler, Fenchurch Restaurant, Sky Gardens, Hibiscus, La Trompette) and has set a high bar since we brought the food in house just over a year ago.
“Gareth’s appointment will help us Iscoyd Park advance the many exciting developments they have planned for the future whilst maintaining the quality of food for the growing numbers and types of events that we are hosting.”
Iscoyd Park, the 18th-century Grade II-listed Georgian house, has been in the Godsal family since 1843.
Phil Godsal took over the running of the house from his father (also called Philip) with his wife Susie in 2009 and began a restoration project.
The venue hosts weddings, parties, and celebrations of all types and sizes, as well as company retreats, supper clubs, Sunday lunches and more.