The head chef at Hurley House hotel in Marlow has stepped down to ‘pursue other opportunities’, as a Heston Blumenthal protégé is brought in to revitalise the kitchen operation.
The hotel, which is owned by Bassam Shlewet, the founder and former chairman of TTT Moneycorp Group, has welcomed Emanuele ‘Mirko’ Privitera to the role of head chef as opening chef Michael Chapman departs his position.
Chapman helped the hotel to achieve the Michelin Plate in October 2017 and has been Hurley House since it opened at the end of 2016 after a £4.5m transformation.
Now Privitera will help to steer a number of changes in the restaurant at Hurley House, with new menus being introduced in both the fine-dining restaurant and the bar, with a rise in vegetarian and vegan dishes offered.
Privitera has honed his craft alongside names such as Olivier Brulard and Nicolas Bouit under the celebrated Michel Guérard and has also gained experience at Heston Blumenthal’s and the Royal Oak.
In commenting on the new direction, Nathan Unwin, the hotel and restaurant manager said: “The message from our customers is very clear; they would like more traditional and popular dishes cooked to perfection. The popularity of our Sunday roast proves that people want first class food, good value and great service and that is what we will continue focusing on.”