Gregory makes Ace move from Ramsay

The former Group Executive Chef at the Gordon Ramsay Group has taken on a new high-profile Chefs job at Ace Hotel London Shoreditch, it has been announced.

Simon Gregory will take over as Executive Chef at the 265-bedroom hotel and will oversee its Hoi Polloi brasserie, which offers modern English food and was founded alongside Pablo Flack and David Waddington, the creators of the Bistrotheque restaurant.

Gregory will also be in charge of the newly opened 7th Floor private dining and event spaces, while the hotel’s other food and drink options include the Bulldog Edition, Lobby Bar, Lovage and Miranda.

His move to the hotel, based in Shoreditch High Street, comes after he spent 11 years at the Gordon Ramsay Group (GRG), where he rose to become its Group Executive Chef in April 2011.

Speaking about his new role, Gregory said: “I am really excited about the move, joining such an exciting and forward-thinking team. I’m also looking forward to my new working life in Shoreditch – what a great time it is to be here, especially from a chef’s point of view.”

The hotel was launched last September on the site that was previously occupied by the Crowne Plaza for the past ten years, and became the Ace Hotel’s first London opening after having properties in Seattle, Portland, Palm Springs and New York.

In other London restaurant news, Jamie Oliver recently announced that he was launching a second Barbecoa in the capital.

Based in St James on 194-196 Piccadilly in Prince’s House, the new restaurant is said to place a focus on smoke, fire and flames alongside a range of quality meat cuts from its in-house butchers.

The deal, which was agreed with the Crown Estate, will see the celebrity chef seat more than 300 diners across two floors in the 9,000 sq ft building.

By Owen Mckeon
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