Renowned chef Ruth Hansom has joined five-star Luton Hoo Hotel as head chef of its Wernher restaurant.
Hansom, who recently appeared on BBC 2’s Million Pound Menu, will lead the team in the hotel’s fine-dining 2 AA Rosette Wernher Restaurant, working under the direction of Luton Hoo Hotel’s executive head chef Christopher Mouyiassi.
Hansom received a £1m investment when appearing on BBC 2’s Million Pound Menu to put towards her new restaurant venture with business partner Emily Lambert.
It is thought that this concept is still development.
Hansom boasts an experience portfolio of experience within the hospitality industry and has gained national recognition for her cooking at a number of competitions including World Skills UK in 2012 and winning Master Chefs of Great Britain’s Young Chef of the Year in 2013 and 2014.
In 2016, she went on to win bronze at the European championships of WorldSkills and won first place in the Craft Guild of Chefs’ Young Chef of the Year in 2016/17.
In the same year, Ruth was awarded the Antony Bourdin Scholarship from the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts.
Speaking after her appointment, Hansom said: “I am so pleased that I have the opportunity to join such a historic British restaurant as head chef and cannot wait to showcase the skills I have honed throughout the years, at the Wernher Restaurant.”
Matthew Long, general manager of Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa said: “We are delighted that Ruth has joined our talented team here at Luton Hoo. Ruth not only has years of experience but also a fantastic, enthusiastic spirit and I am excited to see the strides she will take in growing our fine-dining restaurant.”
The Grade-I listed, 18th century Luton Hoo Hotel is home to 228 bedrooms, the award-winning Wernher restaurant, a spa, and Adam’s Brasserie, and 18-hole golf course.
The hotel is part of the Elite Hotels Group, which also comprises Ashdown Park, The Grand Eastbourne and Tylney Hall.