Coworth Park names Roux scholar as Executive Chef

A former Roux scholar has been named as the new Executive Chef at the five AA star Coworth Park.
 
Adam Smith will take over from Simon Whitley who left the Berkshire hotel in February to become the Director of Food and Beverage at the Devonshire Club.
 
Smith will begin working at the 70 bedroom hotel in the summer after leaving his role of the past three years as the Executive Chef at Devonshire Arms in Bolton Abbey, North Yorkshire, where he was awarded four AA rosettes for its Burlington restaurant.
 
His career has also seen him hold various Chefs jobs at the Ritz London during a nine year spell including being Second Commis and Executive Sous Chef, while he was named a Roux Scholar in 2012 which gave him the chance to work alongside Yanick Alleno at Le Meurice in Paris.
 
His other accolades have included the Craft Guild of Chefs Restaurant Chef of the Year 2015, the Observer Food Monthly Young Chef of the Year 2012 and the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Annual Awards of Excellence 2011.
 
Smith’s new Executive Chef job will see him oversee Restaurant Coworth Park, as well as its casual dining outlets, bar, in-room dining and banqueting rooms.
 
Speaking about the new recruit, Zoe Jenkins, the hotel’s General Manager, said: “[Smith] has been described as ‘one to watch’ by Chef Michel Roux Snr. I am delighted he is joining the team, and excited to see the transition he will bring to Coworth Park’s restaurants and events.”
 
Smith’s old employer, The Ritz London, also recently announced some senior changes, with Sal Gowili being appointed as its new General Manager.
 
He joined the hotel five years ago as its Front of House Manager and went on to hold both the Rooms Division Manager and Hotel Manager jobs.
 
By Owen Mckeon
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