Butler’s Wharf adds Ramsay protégé as Head Chef

Gemma Hyjek has joined D&D London’s Butler’s Wharf Chop House as its new Head Chef, the restaurant has revealed.
Hyjek has previously worked alongside the likes of Gordon Ramsay and was put in place at Butler’s Wharf last month to bring a “feminine touch” to the eatery,
After training at Westminster College, she worked in various chefs jobs at the Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s restaurant including being Senior Chef de Partie and Night Baker, where she was in charge of the pastry section.
Hyjek then went on to complete a stint in Paris at the three Michel-starred Restaurant Guy Stovey before moving back to London at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, The Narrow and The Devonshire, where she became Head Chef.
Speaking about her new role, she said: “I have been working as a Chef since getting a job in my second year of catering college, I grew up under the watch full eye of Mr Ramsay, but my Head Chef and close friend Mark Sargeant was my biggest inspiration. I worked very hard and gained fast progress within the kitchen, it was a place where I felt I belonged, being part of a team which is still very important to me today and my love for food just grew day by day.”
Hyjek’s recent career has seen her spend six months at the Lighthouse Bakery in East Sussex, while she has also won a Woman of the Future award, served as Head Chef at Bumpkin in West London and learned to cook a new cuisine while working at the Japanese-Brazilian restaurant Sushinho.
In other hospitality and chefs job news, Pétrus announced recently that it had put Neil Snowball in charge as its new Head Chef. Snowball is set to take over from Sean Burbridge at Gordon Ramsay’s Michelin-starred restaurant based in Knightsbridge.
The move means that Snowball will reunite with Ramsay after previously working alongside him as Senior Sous Chef at Claridge’s between 2008 and 2011.
By Owen Mckeon
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