Matt Weedon, former head chef at the Michelin-starred Lords of the Manor, is joining the 10 in 8 Fine Dining Group's latest restaurant the Bear at Woodstock as executive chef.
Weedon, who previously worked with the group's chief executive Alan Murchison at L'Ortolan in Berkshire, will start his new role at the Macdonald Bear Hotel, a 13th-century coaching inn in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, next week.
His remit will see him in charge of the entire F&B operation at the 52-bedroom hotel, including room service, breakfast, brunch and afternoon tea, as well as the bar, a main restaurant serving "simple, good food" and a 24-seat fine dining restaurant,. Weedon's wife Rachel will join the hotel and work front of house in the restaurant.
Commenting on Weedon's appointment, Murchison said: "Matt left L'Ortolan about seven or eight years ago, but we've always stayed in contact. I've done "guest chefs" dinners for him. I'm delighted to be getting them on board."
Weedon added: "After five years at Lords of the Manor, it was time for a change and there aren't many people in the industry I would like to work with again. Alan is so enthusiastic and positive, he's a great person to be around and I'm really excited about this opportunity."
Prior to Lords of the Manor, where he held a Michelin star for four consecutive years, Weeden was head chef at Glenapp Castle in Scotland, where he also held a star. Before that he was head chef at Seaham Hall in Northumberland and head chef at L'Ortolan.
The 10 in 8 Fine Dining Group teamed up with Macdonald Hotels & Resorts in May this year to manage the food and beverage operation at the Bear. The space has undergone a refurbishment, with the new fine dining restaurant set to open on 1 December.
The 10 in 8 Fine Dining Group's portfolio includes Michelin-starred restaurants L'Ortolan in Berkshire and Paris House in Woburn as well as La Bécasse in Ludlow and the Angel (formerly Angelique) in Dartmouth. The company also runs its Fine Dining Academy Cookery School in Berkshire and Les Caveaux wine, spirits and fine foods club.
Macdonald Hotels operates 48 four- and five-star hotels across England and Scotland, with its various restaurants holding a collective 40 AA rosettes between them.
By Kerstin Kühn
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