Australian-born Paul Peters has been appointed executive chef at the four-AA-star, 79-bedroom Careys Manor Hotel & Senspa in Brockenhurst, Hampshire.
He has been appointed to oversee the launch of Cambium, the hotel's new fine-dining restaurant, which will have a strong connection with the locality.
Peters, who has joined the hotel from his previous head chef role at the Black Swan in Helmsley, North Yorkshire, said: "I like to use local ingredients in a worldly way, re-interpreting a dish to take advantage of the local area's rich natural resources. I'm working on a new menu concept that will be a gastronomic tour of Hampshire, not just in terms of taste, but a complete dining experience, delighting all the senses."
After growing up in Sydney, Peters arrived in the UK in 2000, initially spending five months as junior sous chef at the Lygon Arms in Broadway, Worcestershire, before going on to work with Nico Ladenis at Chez Nico. He later worked for John Burton-Race at the Landmark hotel in London and Marco Pierre White at the Hampstead Brasserie, London.
The new Cambium restaurant will feature interiors inspired by the surrounding New Forest, created by Sue and Bonnie Stowell. Alongside walls hand-painted with English trees, there will be chairs covered in a moss-like fabric and bespoke golden screens with an oak design.