Chris Mann has been promoted to the role of head chef at Titchwell Manor in Thornham, Norfolk, with immediate effect.
Norwich-born Mann takes over from chef-owner Eric Snaith who will still cook but will now be able to devote more time to other aspects of hotel management.
Mann joined Titchwell Manor in 2008 as pastry chef, leaving a position in Marcus Wareing's then restaurant, Petrus, in London's Mayfair, to return to his home county. He will be in charge of a brigade of seven chefs who cook for Titchwell Manor's two dining rooms - the relaxed Eating Rooms and the more formal Conservatory - plus breakfast, afternoon tea and room service at the 26-bedroom property.
"We are delighted to be promoting Chris, who has worked his way up through the ranks here and has proved his outstanding ability in the kitchen over the past eight years," said Snaith. "He was instrumental in helping the restaurant win three AA rosettes in 2011 and maintaining them ever since. He also beat stiff competition in 2015 to win Chef of the Year in the Eastern Daily Press Norfolk Food and Drink Awards, a huge achievement."
Speaking about spending more time on the management of the hotel, Snaith added: "This is a competitive part of the country for hospitality, and I want to make sure we set ourselves apart from that competition," he says. "I want customer service at Titchwell to be as close to five-star as possible while retaining the intimacy you can only feel in a family business. I will still cook and of course always support Chris, but I'll be spending more time out front and be more visible to our guests."
Titchwell Manor, a former Victorian farmhouse, has been owned and operated for nearly 30 years by Snaith's parents, Margaret and Ian.