Executive head chef at Gidleigh Park Michael Wignall has helped to secure Gidleigh Park in Devon five AA Rosettes, the first ever top hospitality award from the AA to be given to a restaurant.
The accolade of five AA Rosettes was introduced in 1991, and usually awarded with the main ceremony in September. However feedback from judges confirmed an ‘exception’ for Gidleigh Park, with the award announced today.
Executive head chef Michael Wignall joined Gidleigh Park in January 2016 and is one of the country’s most respected chefs.
The menus he curated ticked all the criteria boxes for the five AA Rosettes, from flavour combinations and textures to balance and dish dimension.
Alistair Sandall, commercial manager at AA Hotel Services said: “While the awarding of new five rosettes is usually included in our main Hospitality Awards in September, we all felt that we could not delay this award until then. Michael Wignall has transferred his exquisite skills and style to Gidleigh Park and has made this undoubtedly worthy of this accolade”.
Michael Wignall commented: “This is great news to start 2017 and richly deserved by the brilliant team here at Gidleigh Park. We’re delighted that the inspectors enjoyed their visits to the restaurant and are honoured that they have made an exception to give us this award now. We look forward to welcoming both new and returning guests throughout 2017 and beyond.”