After eight years at Castle Hotel in Taunton, chef Liam Finnegan is to move to a new role with Michael Caines’ restaurants, resulting in the promotion of sous chef of John Godfrey.
Godfrey has been at the 44-bedroom Castle Hotel since 2012, joining the same year as head chef Finnegan, who will leave at the end of August to pursue a new opportunity heading up the Caines’s eatery in Devon and Cornwall.
Nick Chapman, chairman of the family business, which this year celebrates 70 years as custodians of The Castle, added: “John has won his spurs. He has all the qualities that make a great head chef – very much in the mould of Liam and his distinguished predecessors.
“Not least, few people will know that it was John Godfrey to whom we entrusted the security of the hotel and BRAZZ brasserie during the difficult three months of lockdown. He moved in and took care of the place as the sole resident. That trust speaks volumes about the nature of his character.”
Over the past 40 years, The Castle at Taunton has become well known as a platform for young chefs to showcase their talent. The late Chris Oakes and Gary Rhodes; Phil Vickery and Richard Guest are four notable examples.