Matt Gillan to leave The Pass

Michelin starred Chef Matt Gillan is to leave The Pass after spending a decade cooking at the South Lodge restaurant in Horsham, it has been announced.
He is due to remain in the role until the end of April 2016, although owners Exclusive Hotels and Venues have yet to confirm who will take over the high-profile Chefs job going forward.
Perhaps best known for competing on the BBC’s Great British Menu, Gillan cooked last year’s winning main dish of Teaching and Preaching after scoring perfect 10s from both the chefs and judges.
He joined the 5-star South Lodge country house hotel in 2006 at the 2 AA Rosette Camelia restaurant before launching The Pass in 2008. Since then, the restaurant has won and held a Michelin star for five years as well as gaining 4 AA Rosettes.
Speaking about his time at the restaurant, Gillan said: “My decision to leave hasn’t been an easy one. South Lodge and the Exclusive team have given me an incredible platform at The Pass to showcase my skills and creativity and I feel enormously privileged and proud to have achieved so much throughout my ten years.
“I shall be very sad to say goodbye but the time is now right for me to move on and I am looking forward to my next venture.”
As well as Gillan, many other award-winning Chefs have worked in restaurants run by Exclusive Hotels and Venues, including Matt Worswick at Pennyhill Park, Rob Potter at The Manor House, Olly Rouse at Lainston House, and Steven Edwards, the former Head Chef of The Camellia and the winner of MasterChef: The Professionals 2013.
In other Chefs job news, Raphael Francois has been installed as the new Chef Patron at the Michelin-starred Launceston Place.
The appointment will see Francois return to the UK after working as Executive Chef at both The Connaught Hotel and Le Cirque in New York.
By Owen Mckeon
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