French chef Eric Chavot is set to leave the two-Michelin-starred restaurant at the Capital hotel in London, Caterersearch can reveal.
The surprise move sees Chavot leave the restaurant in Knightsbridge after more than a decade behind the stove. He will leave the property on 15 August.
His departure is one of a series of staff changes at David Levin’s Capital and Levin hotels including David’s son Joe, who left just over a year ago to take up a role as food and beverage director at The Grove in Watford and general manager Henrik Muehle, who left to join the St James’s Hotel and Club in Mayfair last month.
The Capital’s restaurant manager, Christoph Thuilat, is also leaving to join Muehle and become food and beverage manager at the St James.
Chavot told Caterersearch he made the decision to leave the Capital, where he has held two Michelin stars for eight years, to change his life.
“I am leaving after 10 years and my departure is amicable,” he said.
“I have done everything I can at the Capital and it’s been great. But I feel the time has come for me to do something different with my life. I’ve been doing Michelin cooking for so long and I’m not sure I want to do this anymore.
“I have no idea what I am going to do or where I am going to go. Some people may call me crazy to do this in a recession but you only live once and now is as good a time as any.”
Chavot added that after his departure in August he will take time off to go on a culinary tour of England.
“For now I am going to take time off and go see my friends – Sat Bains [Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottingham], Nigel Haworth [The Northcote, Lango, Lancashire], Michael Caines [Gidleigh Park, Chagford, Devon] and David Everitt-Matthias [Le Champignon Sauvage, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire].”
By Kerstin Kühn
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