Raphael Francois, executive chef at London's Connaught, is leaving the five-star hotel in Mayfair.
Francois, who has worked at the property for nearly five years, has no new job to go to but told Caterer and Hotelkeeper he is looking for a new challenge in London.
"It was not an easy decision to make, however, at some point you need to think about the next step," he said.
"During the years at the Connaught] we've come across many challenges and had to accomplish a major project starting with the opening of the fine dining and the achievement of two Michelin stars, and the development of the banqueting offer, which is a first at the Connaught."
Francois added: "I am extremely grateful to Hélène Darroze, the old and new management team, all employees, staff; who have all contributed to the success of the Connaught hotel since the opening."
A spokeswoman for the Connaught said: "Raphael Francois has helped the hotel build a formidable reputation for outstanding food and the restaurant gain two Michelin stars. We wish him much luck in his exciting future."
By Kerstin Kühn
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