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Roux Scholar Adam Smith to leave The Ritz

29 April 2013 by
Roux Scholar Adam Smith to leave The Ritz

Adam Smith, premier sous chef at the Ritz London, is set to leave his position to become head chef at the Michelin-starred Burlington restaurant at the Devonshire Arms Country House Hotel in Bolton Abbey in North Yorkshire.

Smith, who is the 2012 Roux Scholar and a former Acorn award winner, will leave the Ritz after eight years. Joining the 40-bedroom Devonshire Arms in July, he will replace Steve Smith at the Devonshire, who left to join the Bohemia restaurant on Jersey.

Commenting on his appointment, Devonshire Arms general manager Andrew Mackay said: "This is a great opportunity both for us and for Adam. Rather than bring in someone who has already made his mark with Michelin stars who would be doing just more of the same, we wanted to take the chance to support a rising star where he can make our restaurant his own and give it his personality.

"It will add excitement both for our customers and our staff and we look forward to Adam joining us at the beginning of July."

Smith was also named the Observer's Young Chef of the Year in 2012 and won a gold medal at the World Skills in 2009.

As part of his Roux Scholarship he completed a three-month stage at the three-Michelin-starred Le Meurice in Paris with Yannick Alléno.

The Burlington is the flagship restaurant at the Devonshire Arms, which has held a Michelin-star from 2003-2007 under former head chef Michael Wignall, and from 2009-2013 under Smith.

The hotel is part of the Devonshire Group, owned by the Duke of Devonshire's Chatsworth Trust.

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