Mark Hix, chef director of Caprice Holdings, the owner of London restaurants the Ivy, Le Caprice and Scott's, has resigned after 17 years with the company.
Hix plans to return to his West Country roots and is in talks to buy the Riverside Restaurant in West Bay in Dorset. He has notice period of 12 months.
He also intends to set up a meat-focused restaurant in east London's Spitalfields and plans to divide his time between the two restaurants.
During his time at Caprice Holdings, Hix has overseen a line-up of landmark London eateries through two changes of ownership.
These include seafood restaurant J Sheekey, the Italian Daphne's, the Vietnamese Bam-Bou, and two Rivington Grills.
He has also been responsible for the group's events catering arm, recently renamed Urban Caprice, along with the 120-seat Wentworth Grill that opened last year at the Surrey golf club hotel.
Earlier this year, Hix gained fame beyond the hospitality industry after taking part in the BBC's Great British Menu competition, during which he travelled to Paris to prepare two courses for the banquet hosted by the British ambassador.
By Kerstin Kühn
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