Chris Horridge, head chef at the Bath Priory, is leaving to join von Essen’s Cliveden, with Michael Caines taking over as executive head chef at the Michelin-starred restaurant.
The move, which was reported by Kitchen Rat last month, will see Horridge leave the Bath Priory in January.
The Great British Menu contestant, who has garnered critical acclaim for his health-conscious approach to fine dining, will take over the reins at Cliveden’s Waldo’s restaurant.
He will replace Robert Thompson, who left in June just eight months after joining the property, to set up his own restaurant on the Isle of Wight.
Caines, who runs the two-Michelin-starred Gidleigh Park in Chagford, Devon, and is chef director at Abode Hotels, will take over at the Bath Priory in February.
Both properties are owned by Andrew and Christina Brownsword, who are also founding partners of Abode Hotels.
Caines said it was a great honour and privilege to oversee and manage the restaurant.
“It is my intention to bring more synergy between Gidleigh Park and The Bath Priory, while retaining their unique appeal and offer.
“We will shortly be announcing who the head chef is going to be to build on and take forward the wonderful reputation that The Bath Priory has earned to date,” Caines said.
By Kerstin Kühn
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