Matthew Capper has been appointed head chef at the 18-bedroom, four-apartment boutique hotel Oddfellows in Chester.
Capper, originally from Chester, spent many of her former years training in France specifically at Le Fleuray, a gastronomic country house hotel in the Loire Valley.
He then returned to Chester where he has headed up the city’s popular restaurant Chez Jules for the past four years.
Now he will work alongside the Oddfellows management team to ‘reimagine’ the culinary offering at the hotel restaurant, which is set to be relaunched this autumn with new menus and a dramatic new look.
Commenting on his new role, Capper said: “The opportunity at Oddfellows came at a perfect time for me. I can build on my previous experience and carry that through to a 24-hour operation, where events and weddings come into play – at the same time as busy breakfasts and afternoon tea services.”
He added: “Oddfellows is a brilliant business to be part of – they are independently run, and headed up by a small and smart team of experienced professionals who are happy for me to take the wheel creatively and have autonomy on the direction my food will take.”
Jonathan Slater, Oddfellows Hotels, said: “Matthew is a wonderful asset to the team at Oddfellows– he has strong ideas and the talent to support them. We are looking forward to evolving our restaurant under his creative vision.”