The Chester Grosvenor has appointed Gareth Jones as head chef at its La Brasserie restaurant.
Jones was previously a sous chef at the property, having worked at Chester Grosvenor from 2000 to 2007. In his new role, he will work under Simon Radley, executive chef of the five-red-AA-star, 80-bedroom hotel.
More recently he has occupied senior roles at Bodysgallen Hall and Spa, as well as the Midland hotel, Manchester, where he oversaw the launch of restaurant Mr Cooper's House and Garden.
Jones, who writes a monthly column in Cheshire Life magazine, said he was delighted to have come full circle, having returned to his home town. He said: "15 years ago I built a relationship with the Chester Grosvenor when in the position of sous chef, so to return to head chef really is a fantastic opportunity.
"La Brasserie presents a fantastic canvas on which to paint. It is a tremendously elegant space, with a history of culinary excellence and a wide-ranging, constantly evolving menu to get my teeth into."
Management of the Chester Grosvenor hotel was taken over by Bespoke Hotels in March this year. The Grosvenor Estate took the decision to appoint Bespoke on a long leasehold basis, following the retirement of managing director Jonathan Slater.
The Chester Grosvenor is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. When it first opened in 1865 the Chester Hotel Company was established to run the hotel on behalf of Richard, second Marquess of Westminster - who saw a need in an expanding city for a larger and grander hotel than the existing Golden Talbot.
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