James Goodyear has been named as new head chef at Michelin-starred Adam's in Birmingham, with ambitions to take the restaurant "to the next level".
He replaces Keiron Stevens, who has left to join the JM Socials restaurant group in Cheltenham as executive chef.
Goodyear previously headed up the kitchen at Ollie Dabbous' Michelin-starred Hide restaurant in London and was a Young National Chef of the Year finalist in 2014.
Adam's was opened by husband and wife team Adam and Natasha Stokes in 2013 and holds a Michelin star and three-AA-rosettes.
Goodyear said: "I can't wait to get started, there's so much potential here to take Adam's to the next level.
"The young team of chefs are great, very hungry and enthusiastic. I look forward to teaching them new techniques and working with them to continually improve their already exceptional skill levels.
"‘My culinary style is built around modern, European fine dining, so Adam's is a great fit for me. Personally, this role is the perfect opportunity to get back to my roots in the Midlands and take on an exciting challenge.
"The kitchen has everything a chef could dream of and it's very clear that it has been designed by someone who loves to produce quality food."
Stokes added: "It's the role of a head chef not just to cook, but to innovate, inspire and teach. James will be a great addition to our talented team and we are all looking forward to working with him."