William Drabble, head chef at Aubergine in London's Chelsea, has left the Michelin-starred restaurant, Caterersearch has learnt.
Drabble, who took over the reins at Aubergine from Gordon Ramsay in 1998, has spent more than a decade behind the stove at the London Fine Dining Group's restaurant.
During this time he retained its Michelin star and successfully launched a sister restaurant at the Compleat Angler hotel in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, last autumn.
Drabble, who has left Aubergine "to pursue other opportunities", was unavailable for comment.
London Fine Dining Group managing director Paul Singer told Caterersearch the company intends to promote existing chefs from within its team to fill the position.
"We wish him every future success and would like to thank him for all his past achievements on behalf of the group," he said.
Drabble's departure coincides with that of the London Fine Dining Group's marketing and operations director, David Herbert, who left last week.
Singer said: "London Fine Dining Group and David Herbert have decided to part company. David has left to pursue other business opportunities pursuant to the terms of a confidential settlement agreement."
By Kerstin Kühn
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