Steven Edwards, winner of the BBC's MasterChef: The Professionals in 2013, is to appear as guest chef at the Latymer, the Michelin-starred restaurant at the five-star Pennyhill Park hotel in Surrey, an Exclusive Hotels and Venues site.
On selected dates from 5-20 February, Edwards will bring a range of six-course, £65-per-person tasting menus to the site, which have been specifically designed for the Latymer.
Edwards will appear with his business partner Josh Stanzl, with whom he runs the fine-dining pop-up concept Etch, also as part of Exclusive Hotels and Venues.
The duo comes to the restaurant following the departure of its former executive head chef, Michael Wignall, at the end of December last year. Wignall first came to Pennyhill Park in 2007 but left last month to take over Michael Caines executive head chef role at Gidleigh Park, Devon. No permanent replacement for him has yet been announced.
Edwards' dishes will include line-caught mackerel with roast celeriac and pickled celery; coffee glazed duck breast and pressed leg with artichoke puree and roasting juices; fillet and belly of Petworth pork with slow-cooked celeriac and mustard; and Twineham grange doughnut with crispy kale, broccoli puree and gherkin.
The Valentine's week menu will feature sea trout carpaccio with tartare, oyster beignet, and oyster mayo; plus roast fillet and tail of Sussex beef with leek and potato purée and charred spring onion; with mango panna cotta, passion fruit sorbet and fennel for dessert.
The BBC show winner previously worked as head chef at the Camellia restaurant at South Lodge near Horsham in West Sussex, also part of the Exclusive Hotels and Venues group. He favours the use of locally-sourced, fresh produce to create simple food.
Julian Tomlin, general manager at Pennyhill Park, commented: "We are delighted to welcome Steven Edwards to our kitchens at the Latymer [of which] we are immensely proud. Steven's unrelenting passion, unique talent for marrying wonderful flavours, and his creative artistry in the kitchen will complement the restaurant offering perfectly."
Edwards added: "I am honoured to have been asked to be a guest chef at Pennyhill Park and am really looking forward to bringing my food to diners at the Latymer."
Edwards and Stanzl have also secured a contract at the soon-to-open, 162-metre high Brighton i360 tower, designing a menu for the ground-floor level Brasserie with foodservice company Centerplate, expected for summer 2016.
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