Alex Payne named head chef at Crockers Henley

08 April 2021 by
Alex Payne named head chef at Crockers Henley

Alex Payne has been named head chef at the Crockers Henley restaurant in Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire.

The 29-year-old, who appeared on the 2018 series of MasterChef: The Professionals, will head up the 16-seat Thames Chef's Table experience.

Payne's CV includes stints as chef de partie at Gordon Ramsay at the Savoy and at the Hind's Head in Bray, and a junior sous chef role at Matt Worswick at the Latymer.

Crockers will be his first head chef role, where he will serve a modern British tasting menu with dishes including Porthilly oyster, ginger and Rebellion beer; and barbecued British hispi cabbage; and snacks such as smoked chicken liver parfait and Cumberland gel.

Crockers Henley opened in 2020 and is the brainchild of former chef Luke Garnsworthy. Situated in a converted townhouse, it features seven boutique bedrooms, two 16-seat chef's tables, a robatayaki grill and a bar.

The restaurant is reopening for outdoor dining on 12 April with the chef's tables and rooms taking bookings from 17 May.

A sister restaurant, Crockers Tring, launched in spring 2018.

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