Phil Yeomans has returned to Lainston House to take up the position of executive chef following the departure of Andrew Birch.
Yeomans returns to the 50-bedroom hotel in Winchester, an Exclusive Hotels and Venues property, to oversee the team and food operation.
He previously worked as head chef at Lainston House for seven years, as head chef of the Coral Beach Club in Bermuda, and he rejoins Lainston from his most recent role as executive chef of Winchester's nearby three-AA-star, 68-bedroom Marwell hotel.
Birch left the position for the same role at the five-AA-star, 61-bedroom Ellenborough Park in Cheltenham.
Born in Winchester, representatives for the hotel said Yeomans is "excited to return to his roots in Hampshire with his family", "thrilled to take charge of the food operation" and "looks forward to looking after the guests, creating a great team and seeing the stars off the future grow".