John Wynne, previously head chef of Bryn Williams' eponymous Porth Eirias restaurant in Colwyn Bay, has taken on the same role at the St George's hotel in Llandudno.
The move marks a return to the four-AA-starred, 81-bedroom property for the chef, who started his hospitality career there as a commis chef, working his way up to chef de partie. He replaces Aaron Griffiths, who left to set up his own catering company.
He said: "I'm excited to be back to St George's, I have always had a great fondness of the hotel and I am excited to be working with such an experienced and enthusiastic kitchen brigade."
As well as the AA rosette-winning Terrace restaurant, the hotel has seven function rooms.
Philip Newmarch, general manager of St George's hotel, added: "John is joining the team at the perfect time, we have just completed a refurbishment of our Terrace restaurant, lounge and bar areas which has created more intimate dining spaces, increased the covers and made sure more tables benefit from the amazing sea views across the Bay of Llandudno.
"We are thrilled that John has come back on board, his valued experience will go a long way in ensuring the food served in the Restaurant, Lounge and of course at the many functions and events will be some of the best in all of Wales."
St George's hotel is part of the Anderbury Collection, which also owns the 40-bedroom Rowton Hall in Cheshire and the four-AA-starred, 56-bedroom Hatherley Manor in Gloucester.