Elliot Hill has taken over as executive chef at the Chester Grosvenor hotel following the departure of Simon Radley last year.
Radley stepped down from his role in October after more than 30 years at the five-AA-red-star Cheshire property.
The Simon Radley at the Chester Grosvenor restaurant will be rebranded as Arkle and is set to reopen in March 2022.
Hill, formerly head chef at Liverpool's Panoramic 34 restaurant and a 2021 National Chef of the Year finalist, will oversee Arkle as well as the hotel's two-AA-rosette La Brasserie restaurant and its afternoon tea and banqueting functions.
Richard Grove, general manager at the Chester Grosvenor, said: "Elliot is a creative and ambitious chef. He is passionate about food and the development of those working with him, his enthusiasm is contagious, and I am confident he will inspire the whole team and be a real asset to the hotel.
"The Chester Grosvenor has a reputation for outstanding cuisine, and we're looking forward to Elliot enhancing that reputation as he moulds our offering to fit with his vision."
Hill said: "I am proud and honoured to join the Chester Grosvenor and head up the kitchen in my home city. Not only is the hotel a Chester icon, but a culinary institution that has led the way for decades.
"I am incredibly excited to join the whole team, where I'll seek to continue and build on the tradition of excellence and be part of the hotel's future. I also cannot wait to launch our restaurant ‘Arkle', a refined dining experience delivered the Cestrian way."