Former Michelin-starred chef Martin Blunos has been appointed culinary director of the Hogarths Hotel in the West Midlands.
The chef will oversee the hotel's recently launched Bar8 Brasserie as well as a new fine-dining restaurant set to open later this year.
Blunos, who established a name for himself at his two-Michelin-starred restaurant Lettonie, which originally opened in Bristol and later transferred to Bath, will work alongside the hotel's executive chef, Simon Douglas.
His appointment comes after the hotel's owners, Helena and Andy Hogarth, invested £4m in the property for the creation of 32 new bedrooms.
Blunos told the Birmingham Post that the fine-dining restaurant, which is likely to have his name attached to it, will be small and intimate, with only 18-22 seats featuring a window to the kitchen. It will offer five-, seven- and nine-course tasting menus and front of house will be managed by James Bennett, who previously worked with Blunos at Lettonie.
Blunos was executive chef with Crown Hotes and Restaurants (CHR) which at the time managed Celtic Manor Resort. However, earlier this year the hotel decided to take the management of its fine-dining restaurant back in-house after the management agreement between the hotel and Crown Hotels and Restaurants expired.
Blunos and the Hogarths were unavailable for comment.
By Kerstin Kühn
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