Von Essen confirms that Chris Horridge is leaving Waldo's at Cliveden

15 February 2010 by
Von Essen confirms that Chris Horridge is leaving Waldo's at Cliveden

Chris Horridge is to leave his role of executive head chef at Cliveden in Berkshire after just one year, Caterersearch can reveal.

Hotel group Von Essen has confirmed the chef's departure and announced plans for a restructure and refurbishment of the property.

Cliveden will undergo a "culinary team restructure" across its three restaurants Waldo's, the Terrace Dining Room and the Cliveden Club Restaurant, the group said.

Horridge, who has been overseeing Waldo's, will leave the hotel next month.

Von Essen has also unveiled plans for an £8m refurbishment programme of Cliveden, which will comprise the revamp of its 38 bedrooms as well as all public areas including the restaurants. The company also hopes to introduce a new spa which is currently subject to planning permission.

Nick Romano, chief executive officer at Von Essen, said: "Von Essen prides itself on a very high standard of food and service at all 29 hotels in the collection and we look forward to continuing the strong culinary tradition that Cliveden is known for.

"We would like to thank Chris for his hard work and wish him all the very best for the future."

Horridge joined Cliveden last spring from the Bath Priory, where he held a Michelin star. He replaced former executive chef Robert Thompson who had left Cliveden after just eight months to set up his own restaurant on the Isle of Wight.

A Great British Menu contestant Horridge has garnered critical acclaim for his health-conscious approach to fine dining without the use of sugar, dairy or wheat.

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