Tim Allen, former chef-patron at Launceston Place in Kensington, is to become the new executive chef at the Wild Rabbit in Kingham, owned by Lady Carole Bamford, wife of JCB chairman Sir Anthony Bamford.
Allen, who won a Michelin star and four AA rosettes during his tenure at Launceston Place, will start working at the Wild Rabbit in October 2015.
Prior to Launceston Place, he was senior sous chef at the two-Michelin-starred Whatley Manor in the Cotswolds, where he spent seven years under head chef Martin Burge. He previously spent four years with John Burton-Race, first at L’Ortolan and then at the Landmark.
Growing up in Yorkshire, Allen was a keen gardener from a young age and uses his knowledge of homegrown produce throughout his dishes. He places an emphasis on sourcing wild and foraged seasonal produce from quality artisan producers both internationally and locally .
He will incorporate organic produce from the local farm Daylesford onto the Wild Rabbit menu, which will be one of the key suppliers of seasonal meat, fruit and vegetables.
Allen said: “I am extremely excited about moving to Oxfordshire and heading up the team at the Wild Rabbit where they very much share my ethos for using quality seasonal ingredients, to produce a menu of great taste.”
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