London's Strand Palace has appointed Alfonso Salvaggio as the hotel's executive chef.
Salvaggio, originally from Belgium, joins the site from the Radisson Blu Portman in London where he held the same role. His career has seen him work in hotels across the globe including in Brussels, China and Romania, as well as an 18-month stint at the Crowne Plaza Dubai Deira hotel as executive chef.
He said: "I am excited to be joining Strand Palace on this momentous occasion and to start this new chapter in my career. I have been heavily involved in the redevelopment of the hotel's entire food and beverage concept.
"The new menu will champion modern British cuisine, from well-known classics to a few more unusual dishes inspired by some of the best dishes I have encountered on my travels. I hope the guests will enjoy."
It comes as the Strand Palace goes through a mass refurbishment after a multimillion-pound investment. All 785 rooms will be reimagined, while an art deco-inspired restaurant and bar, private dining room and dedicated afternoon tearoom are incorporated into the site.
David MacRae, managing director of Strand Palace, added: "I am delighted to welcome Alfonso to the Strand Palace family. London has one of the most diverse food and beverage offerings in the world and it is important to innovate, yet be consistent in standards of service and the quality of the offering.
"2019 marks a new era for the hotel and Alfonso's wealth of experience will help take our food and beverage operations to the next level."