Paul Bates has left his role as executive chef at the Beaumont, London, the first hotel to be opened by legendary restaurateurs Chris Corbin and Jeremy King.
He said that his six month contract to recruit and establish the brigade for the launch of the hotel in September 2014 had come to an end.
Bates joined the Beaumont from the InterContinental London Park Lane, where he had spent six years as executive chef. He previously worked at the Millennium Mayfair for seven years and the Millennium Knightsbridge for three years.
The Colony restaurant at the Beaumont, which will continue to be run by head chef Lee Ward, is very much at the heart of the 73-bedroom hotel - as one would expect from Corbin and King, who have been steeped in running restaurant since the mid-1970s.
Today Corbin and King's portfolio of restaurants include the Wolseley, Brasserie Zedel, Colbert and Fisher's. Their next venture will be a new restaurant in Islington, which is set to open in the summer.