Whatley Manor has promoted Ricki Weston to Executive Chef, following the departure of Niall Keating at the end of 2021.
Weston has been part of the team at Whatley Manor for three years, initially joining in August 2018 as Sous Chef, before being promoted to Head Chef in October 2020.
In his new role, Weston will be in charge of the hotel’s entire food offering, including the two-Michelin-starred Dining Room and the more casual Grey’s Brasserie, as well as room service, afternoon tea, private dining and events.
Whatley Manor will briefly close on 27 January, before reopening on 4 February, when a brand new menu for the Dining Room will be launched.
General Manager Sue Williams commented: “We feel very lucky to be moving into Whatley’s next culinary chapter with Ricki Weston at the helm.
“He brings to the role a fresh focus on the finest British ingredients and some interesting traditional cooking techniques, all of which perfectly complement our sustainability goals.
“I feel very excited to watch Ricki lead the team to deliver more exceptional eating experiences for our guests.”
Weston added: “I feel honoured to have been given this opportunity to head up such a quality and committed team, and in such a fabulous kitchen, all in the beautiful setting of Whatley.
“The hotel has had a long history of being one of the best UK foodie destinations, so I have a lot to live up to, and I cannot wait to start developing my recipes and evolving a whole new dining offering.”
Weston’s CV features plenty of recognisable names, including stints at Michelin-starred Matt Gillan at the Pass and the two Michelin star Restaurant Sat Bains in Nottingham.
Keating announced his departure from Whatley Manor in December 2021 after five years of service.
He left the hotel to focus on other business ventures, including the opening of his debut restaurant Lunar in Staffordshire.