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Aiden Byrne to head the Grill at the Dorchester

10 August 2006
Aiden Byrne to head the Grill at the Dorchester

Rising star chef Aiden Byrne is set to be the new head chef at the Dorchester hotel's iconic restaurant, the Grill at the Dorchester.

Byrne, 32, is executive chef at the 86-bedroom Danesfield House hotel near Marlow, Buckinghamshire. He should take up his new role at the London hotel on Park Lane in October once contracts have been finalised.

Byrne worked as Tom Aikens‘s head chef at his eponymous restaurant in Chelsea before his move to Danesfield House last year. He has also previously worked at Pied à Terre in London, Adlard's in Norwich and the Peacock Alley and the Commons in Dublin.

Byrne will work independently of Henry Brosi, who will remain executive chef of the Dorchester hotel. Both Byrne and the Dorchester declined to comment.

The appointment follows the departure of the Grill's head chef Ollie Couillard, who left last month to set up Tom Aikens's new 95-seater gastropub Tom's Kitchen, due to open in October. Couillard said: "It's nice to be working with professionals and people who focus on the food and don't have too much bureaucracy."

Menuwatch: Danesfield House, Marlow-on-Thames >>

By Emily Manson

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