French chef Joël Antunès has parted company with Embassy Mayfair, just eight months after launching Provençal restaurant Kitchen Joël Antunès.
The former Michelin-starred chef, who opened the 95-seat restaurant at the Mayfair nightclub last December, has left and is looking for a new opportunity in London. He had joined Embassy from the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge hotel, where he was executive chef and ran his restaurant, Brasserie Joël.
"I'm not any more at Embassy. I'm looking for a nice opportunity," Antunès confirmed.
Embassy owner Mark Fuller added: "We wish Joël the best. We are replacing him but I'm going to follow my new policy of investing in young kitchen talent, as per Luke Thomas at Sanctum on the Green.
"We have a very bright young new French talent coming in and will make an announcement in the next few weeks."
Born in Volvic, France, Antunès worked in London between 1991 and 1996 as chef-partner at the former Michelin-starred restaurant Les Saveurs in Mayfair.
He then moved to the USA, where he launched his eponymous Joël restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia, as well as holding executive chef positions with the Ritz Carlton Dining Room in the city and the Oak Room at the Plaza in New York. He returned to London after a decade abroad in 2010.
In February this year, Fuller appointed 18-year-old former FutureChef winner Luke Thomas to run a restaurant, Luke's Dining Room, at Sanctum on the Green near Marlow in Berkshire.
By Kerstin Kühn
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