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Ronnie Bonetti to move from Soho Farmhouse to Lucky Onion as executive chef

01 November 2016 by
Ronnie Bonetti to move from Soho Farmhouse to Lucky Onion as executive chef

The Cotswold-based Lucky Onion group of hotels and restaurants has appointed Ronnie Bonetti from Soho Farmhouse as executive chef.

He will join the company on 14 November to curate the menus and manage the kitchens of six properties headed by the flagship hotel, the 11-bedroom No 131 in Cheltenham. The other businesses include the 13-bedroom No 38 The Park and the Tavern restaurant, also in Cheltenham, and three pubs: the Wheatsheaf Inn in Northleach, the Chequers in Churchill, and the Wild Duck, near Cirencester.

Bonetti has worked at Soho House & Co since 2008, when he joined as head chef at Babington House, near Frome, Somerset, after which he was promoted to oversee all the company's UK kitchens, during which time he launched the Chicken Shop, Pizza East and Dirty Burger brands before moving to run the restaurants at Soho Farmhouse in Great Tew, Oxfordshire.

Earlier in his career, he spent five years with Ruth Rogers and Rose Gray at the River Café in London, and time in Sydney, Australia, at Bather's Pavilion and Rockpool.

Bonetti said: "I'm really excited to be joining the Lucky Onion. Their hotels and restaurants in Cheltenham and the Cotswolds are all fantastic, and I can't wait to get to know the team here, and work with some brilliant local producers to create some great tasting new dishes."

Sam Pearman, who runs the Lucky Onion with his wife Georgina, added that Bonetti's extensive experience, both in the UK and further afield, will be" invaluable" to the business. "His style matches ours, and his dedication to local, seasonal produce as well as his love of true comfort food is something which marries well with our philosophies."

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