Aaron Potter has been appointed head chef of La Goccia at Petersham Nurseries Covent Garden.
Potter, formerly senior sous chef at Adam Byatt's one-Michelin-starred Trinity in Clapham, will lead a team of 10 chefs at the Italian-inspired restaurant.
He said: "I'm excited to become part of the Petersham Nurseries family, having dined in Richmond many times over the years, and more recently in Covent Garden.
"I'm looking forward to putting my own twist on Italian cicchetti and small plates, and it's great to work behind an open counter at La Goccia where you can interact with guests.
"Another thing that drew me to this role is the many charitable opportunities it offers. Having supported homeless charities in my previous role, I look forward to involving myself in upcoming initiatives."
Potter and his team will be working closely with Haye Farm in Devon creating menus from the produce it sends to the restaurant daily.