Steve Poyner has been appointed head chef of Peter and Lana de Savary's the Cary Arms & Spa on the south Devon coast.
Poyner began his career at the hotel, which is rated five stars in the AA's inn category, having joined in 2009 after graduating from college. He later worked at the de Savary's Oxfordshire hotel, the Old Swan and Minster Mill, before returning to Babbacombe Bay in 2014.
"His inherent love for his work alongside the knowledge he holds of local produce, being Devon born and bred gives him the ability to extract the most delicate of flavours from the best of the area's natural provisions. We are delighted to have him heading up our strong kitchen team and look forward to seeing the menu develop under his leadership."
Poyner added: "I am ready to take on the challenge and become the head chef of the Cary Arms & Spa. People find it strange for a chef to work for a company over such a length of time, but when you work in the perfect environment, cook with the most amazing local produce and surround yourself with a talented and passionate team, why wouldn't you? I'm looking forward to the future and to showcasing some new ideas and menus at the already highly acclaimed Cary Arms & Spa."
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