Steve Smith has been appointed head chef at Exclusive Collection’s restaurant The Latymer at Pennyhill Park.
Smith will take over from current head chef Matt Worswick at the Michelin-starred establishment in February.
Smith has been executive chef at Bohemia, of The Club Hotel and Spa in Jersey, which retained its own Michelin star only seven months after he started back in 2013.
Bohemia also became the only Channel Islands restaurant to garner 5 AA Rosettes in 2017, under Smith’s leadership.
Steve Smith commented: “I’m incredibly excited to be joining The Latymer, it’s a fantastic opportunity to further develop my cuisine and the restaurant in such a beautiful setting. My food will be flavour and texture driven using the best available seasonal produce.”
Smith replaces Worswick who is leaving Pennyhill Park next year to join The Shanghai EDITION. He has been at the hotel for almost four years.
General manager Graham Copeman said: “We’re thrilled to have Steve join us at the hotel and for us all to have the opportunity to work with such a passionate chef. His commitment to the finest gastronomy matches our philosophies here at Pennyhill Park and I look forward to seeing the direction in which he takes the restaurant.”