Kitty Fisher's in London Mayfair has appointed George Barson as head chef following the departure of Tomos Parry last year.
Originally from Devon, Barson started his career at River Cottage. Most recently he held the position of senior sous and development chef at Jamie Oliver's Fifteen, prior to which he worked at restaurants including Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and Nuno Mendes' Viajante.
His new menu at the two-AA-rosette restaurant will showcase the same relaxed, fuss-free food cooked over a wood-fire the restaurant is known for. Some of his new dishes include: silver darlings with piccalilli and dill salt; Devon crab with smoked crème fraîche and pickled rhubarb; iberico pork with hispi cabbage, apple and three-cornered garlic; and Cornish pollock with leeks and smoked mussel butter. The restaurant's Galician Beef will remain on the menu.
Kitty Fisher's, named after the infamous 18th century courtesan, was opened in January 2015 by Oliver Milburn, Tom Mullion and Tim Steel, and earned positive reviews from critics Fay Maschler, Giles Coren and AA Gill. The restaurant announced in November that head chef Parry was leaving at the end of the year to pursue other interests.
Milburn said: "We are thrilled to be working with George. His appointment as head chef at Kitty Fisher's starts a new, extremely exciting chapter for the restaurant."
Barson added: "I am delighted to have joined the team at Kitty Fisher's, and am very much looking forward to developing the menus and exploring my own style of contemporary British cooking, whilst also celebrating cooking great ingredients over a wood-fire, something that is at the heart of the kitchen and the wonderful reputation of the restaurant."
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