Lords of the Manor in Gloucestershire has appointed Charles Smith as head chef.
The former head chef at Alyn Williams at the Westbury replaces Richard Picard-Edwards, who left his position as executive head chef of the Michelin-starred hotel in December after three years to move to France.
Smith, from Lancashire, previously spent four years at Petrus by Marcus Wareing, working his way up to junior sous chef. During this time he won the Craft Guild of Chefs' Young National Chef of The Year competition. He also worked at Thomas Keller's three Michelin-starred restaurant Per Se in New York for a year before returning to London to work under James Knappett as a senior sous chef at Kitchen Table.
He was most recently head chef for two years at the four-AA-rosette, Michelin-starred restaurant Alyn Williams at the Westbury.
Lords of the Manor has been a Michelin-starred property for eight years and has four red AA stars and three AA rosettes. The hotel was also named AA Inspectors' Choice Country House Hotel last year.
Smith's menu will include dishes such as belted Galloway beef fillet, Jerusalem artichoke and Alsace bacon, bordelaise sauce or Feuille de brick-wrapped Wye Valley asparagus with duck egg and Oscietra caviar mousseline.
Smith said: "I'm delighted to start work at Lords of the Manor and to begin the task of building on the reputation of this beautiful, highly respected Cotswold hotel and restaurant. I thrive on great ingredients and it has been exciting to get to know the amazing suppliers and producers in and around the Cotswolds."
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