Andrew Brownsword Hotels has announced the departure of Gidleigh Park’s executive head chef Chris Simpson.
Having joined the five-red-AA-starred property in Chagford, Devon in January 2018, Simpson and his brigade won the hotel’s restaurant a Michelin star just nine months later in the most recent Michelin Guide.
A spokesperson for Andrew Brownsword Hotels said: “Guests, the Brownsword family and our whole company have delighted in the dishes and food style that Chris brought to Gidleigh Park. As his first lead chef role, we understand that the challenges and demands of the multiple outlets in a hotel kitchen versus a single restaurant operation aren’t for everyone and fully support his decision to take some time out. We would like to thank Chris for all his efforts and look forward to the next exciting chapter for the Gidleigh kitchen which will be announced soon.”
Simpson said: “It has been a huge honour to head up the kitchen at Gidleigh Park and I couldn’t be prouder of our achievement of winning a Michelin star – testament to the team I’ve had around me. I would like to thank the Brownsword group for giving me this opportunity and for their support and encouragement. I wish everyone at Gidleigh Park the very best in the future – it is a truly special place.”
He joined Gidleigh Park from the two-Michelin-starred Restaurant Nathan Outlaw where he held the position of head chef for seven years, following the departure of Michael Wignall from the 26-bedroom hotel.
A spokesperson for Andrew Brownsword Hotels said Simpson is currently working his notice period and future plans will be announced for Gidleigh Park.