Launceston Place appoints new Michelin-trained Head Chef

The award winning Launceston Place has added a new Head Chef in the form of Ben Murphy.
The Kensington restaurant has appointed the Michelin-trained Chef to lead the kitchen after he previously held the same position at The Woodford restaurant.
Murphy’s career has seen him work at Koffmann’s at The Berkeley under his mentor Pierre Koffmann as well as the three Michelin star Les Prés d'Eugénie in Eugénie-les-Bains in France, the three Michelin star Épicure Restaurant at Le Bristol in Paris and the two Michelin star Greenhouse Restaurant in Mayfair.
He will now join Launceston Place where he plans to create modern menus that produce maximum flavour from simple ingredients.
Murphy said: “I’m very much looking forward to taking on the role of Head Chef at Launceston Place, it's exciting to be back working in West London after spending some time east.
“I feel now is the time where I can be more creative and show more of my own style, pushing myself and the team here on to a higher level. You can expect to find dishes that are extremely attractive to the eye, but with all the essential elements adding a distinct and bold taste.”
Murphy was named Chef to Watch 2016 by The Good Food Guide and took the Breakthrough Chef of the Year prize at the Food & Travel Awards, while the restaurant has recently won awards of its own after being named Evening Standard’s London Restaurant of the Year 2016.
The two Michelin star Whatley Manor also recently made changes to its kitchen by naming Niall Keating as its new Executive Chef, where he will lead both the Dining Room restaurant and the Le Mazot brasserie.
Taking over from Martin Bruge, Keating has gained experience over the past ten years in various Chefs jobs including being Chef de Partie at the two Michelin star Restaurant Sat Bains and Sous Chef at the Bath Priory Hotel.
By Owen Mckeon
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