Andrew Brownsword Hotels has announced the departure of chef Chris Simpson from Gidleigh Park.
Having joined the five-star, 24-bedroom hotel in Exmoor in January 2018 from his role as head chef at Nathan Outlaw’s Port Issac restaurant, Simpson won a Michelin star for the property in October 2018.
It was the first star for his own kitchen.
Now it’s been announced that he is to ‘take some time out’ and move on from Gidleigh Park.
Owner Andrew Brownsword said that the hotel’s ‘next exciting chapter’ would be announced soon.
Andrew Brownsword Hotels comments: “Guests, the Brownsword family and our whole company have delighted in the dishes and food style that Chris brought to Gidleigh Park. As his first lead chef role, we understand that the challenges and demands of the multiple outlets in a hotel kitchen versus a single restaurant operation aren’t for everyone and fully support his decision to take some time out.”
Simpson adds: “It has been a huge honour to head up the kitchen at Gidleigh Park and I couldn’t be prouder of our achievement of winning a Michelin star – testament to the team I’ve had around me. I would like to thank the Brownsword group for giving me this opportunity and for their support and encouragement. I wish everyone at Gidleigh Park the very best in the future – it is a truly special place.”
Previously Gidleigh Park had held two Michelin stars since 1998, first secured by Michael Caines and then retained by Michael Wignall who was Simpson’s predecessor.
Wignall left the hotel in January 2018.
Gidleigh Park is part of the Andrew Brownsword Hotels portfolio, which is owned by Christina and Andrew Brownsword. The collection includes: Gidleigh Park, The Bath Priory, Amberley Castle in West Sussex, four Cotswold properties: The Slaughters Manor House, The Slaughters Country Inn, Buckland Manor plus the Old Swan and Minster Mill in Oxfordshire, and Sydney House Chelsea.
The group also runs ABode Hotels situated in Canterbury, Chester, Exeter, Glasgow and Manchester.