Roast restaurant in London's Borough Market has appointed Marcus Verberne (pictured) as its new head chef.
New Zealand-born Verberne joins Roast after a decade of working with Mark Hix, most recently at his restaurant at the Albermarle at Brown's Hotel, where he was executive chef. He previously worked with Hix at Caprice Holdings, including Le Caprice, J Sheekey and the Ivy.
His appointment comes after last month's departure of Lawrence Keogh to join the Wolseley as its new head chef. Keogh opened Roast in 2005 with founder Iqbal Wahhab.
Verberne's menus will continue the British theme at the 120-seat Roast, with a new menu set to launch next month.
In 2010, Roast opened a takeaway outlet at London's Westfield shopping centre, offering quality hot British food on the go.
By Kerstin Kühn
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