Michelin-starred Whatley Manor names new Executive Chef

A new Executive Chef has been appointed at the two Michelin starred Whatley Manor to replace the departing Martin Burge.
Niall Keating will take over the high profile Chef job where he will oversee both its Dining Room restaurant and its Le Mazot brasserie.
The Caterer reports that both eateries will be closed briefly between 8th and 13th January before new menus designed by Keating are introduced.
He is due to join the 23 bedroom hotel at the beginning of December, where he will replace Burge who recently announced his plan to leave after 13 years as its Executive Chef.
Keating has gained ten years of experience in the kitchen after beginning as a Pot Washer at the Fitzherbert Arms in Swynnerton, before becoming the Commis Chef and Sous Chef at the Bath Priory Hotel and the Chef de Partie at the two Michelin starred Restaurant Sat Bains, where he spent two years.
His career has also included time working alongside Corey Lee at the three Michelin starred Benu in San Francisco and as the Chef de Cuisine at the one Michelin starred Restaurant Kong Hans Kaelder in Copenhagen.
Announcing the appointment, Sue Williams, General Manager at Whatley Manor, said: “When I first met [Martin] at the Bath Priory, his talent was immediately evident, and I have really enjoyed watching his career gather momentum.”
In other news, it was revealed last month that Simon Rogan is to leave his role at The French restaurant at The Midland Hotel in Manchester where he will be replaced by Adam Reid.
Rogan will cut his five-year deal short, with the restaurant set to be renamed Adam Reid at The French. The Head Chef will introduce a new menu from January.
It has been a busy few months for Reid with the appointment quickly following his success on the BBC’s Great British Menu where he was chosen to cook the dessert course at the final banquet.
By Owen Mckeon
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