Stephen Williams, head chef at the Harwood Arms, London's only Michelin-starred pub, is to leave his position at the end of February.
Williams, who has been at the helm of the 60-cover pub in Fulham, west London, since its launch in 2008, is leaving to go travelling for up a year.
He will be replaced by sous chef Barry Fitzgerald, who has worked at the pub for six months, having previously worked with Anthony Demetre at Arbutus and Wild Honey.
28-year-old Williams told Caterersearch he was heading to France and Australia at the end of next month. "I have always wanted to go travelling and now seems like a great time," he said. "I have worked very hard over the past two-and-a-half years and am very proud of what we have achieved at the Harwood Arms."
The Harwood Arms was opened by the Ledbury's chef-patron Brett Graham together with restaurateur and TV chef Mike Robinson and publican Edwin Vaux in 2008 and last year became the first and only Michelin-starred pub in London.
Williams' cooking has stood at the heart of the success of the Harwood Arms, which also won the Catey Menu of the Year award in 2009. It offers a menu of exclusively English produce.
By Kerstin Kühn
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