Harvey Ayliffe takes Head Chefs job at Mayfair’s 34

The London restaurant 34 has announced that it has put Harvey Ayliffe in place as its new Head Chef.
The move will see him take over from Paul Brown, who is set to move to Wales later this month after spending three years in charge.
Based in Mayfair, the 34 restaurant was opened in late 2011 and has gained a reputation for its focus on Wagyu beef, game, fish and seafood, and is part of Caprice Holdings, which also owns the likes of The Ivy, Bam-Bou, Daphne’s, Rivington and Scott’s.
Known for his use of local ingredients, Ayliffe is expected to alter the menu to add in more influences from Britain and Europe, as well as Eastern and Southern America.
Ayliffe began his career with a Chefs job at the Saville Club on Brook Street in London, before working alongside Mark Hix at Le Caprice, helping to open J. Sheekey and taking a Sous Chef role at the Ivy.
After this, he became the Executive Chef at the Soho House Group, Head Chef at Alfred’s members club and Head Chef at the Rules restaurant in London, while he also helped Nick Jones to launch Dirty Burger.
In other hospitality and catering job news, D&D London’s Butler’s Wharf Chop House recently announced that Gemma Hyjek had joined as its new Head Chef.
Hyjek’s career has seen her work in high profile restaurants including Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s, where she was Senior Chef De Partie, and the three-Michelin starred Restaurant Guy Stovey in Paris. As well as this, she has also worked at The Narrow in London and as Head Chef at The Devonshire, while she initially trained at Westminster College.
Most recently, she worked for six months at the Lighthouse Bakery in East Sussex, served as Head Chef at West London’s Bumpkin, won a Woman of the Future award and cooked Japanese-Brazilian cuisine at Sushinho.
By Owen Mckeon
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