Andy Bruce, a chef who has worked at the Atlantic Bar & Grill, Pied a Terre, The Belvedere and InterContinental Park Lane, has been killed in a car accident.
The 34-year old died in a head-on collision in Norfolk on Friday night on his way home from a shift at the Victoria Hotel in Holkham, where he had been head chef since May.
Bruce had previously worked at the Gin Trap Inn at Ringstead and the Rose and Crown in Snettisham after he, his wife and their daughter had moved to Norfolk from London.
Earlier in his chef career, Bruce served a three-year apprenticeship at the InterContinental Park Lane in London before moving on to the two Michelin-starred Pied a Terre in Charlotte Street.
From there, he moved to The Belvedere in Holland Park where he formed a friendship with chef Richard Sawyer, and with him opened Oliver Peyton's Atlantic Bar & Grill in Glasshouse Street.
Viscount Coke of Holkham Hall, the Sandringham House royal residence, paid tribute to Bruce and his role at the estate's hall, hotel and pub.
"We have lost a highly valued member of the Holkham family," he told local reporters. "With his colleagues he was kind, fair and a great teacher. By taking time with staff he inspired them and gave them confidence in their own ability. We will all miss him greatly."
By Daniel Thomas
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