New Head Chef appointed at London’s Hunter 486

The restaurant based within London’s five-star Arch hotel has boosted its back of house team by appointing a new Head Chef.
 
Gary Durrant will take on the role at Hunter 486 after working in several Michelin-starred kitchens in France and London, including Claridges.
 
Most recently, he spent the past 11 years as Head Chef at the Brompton Bar and Grill in Knightsbridge, while he worked for the first decade of his career in various positions at the Savoy.
 
He has also been awarded the silver medal for afternoon tea pastries at Le Salon Culinaire International De Londres.
 
Based in Marble Arch, the Hunter 486 restaurant produces contemporary versions of classic French cuisine, with Durrant planning to create modern, light dishes.
 
In other hospitality and catering news, Albert Roux OBE has been announced as the new Group Chef Ambassador for The Clink charity across all its kitchens. In his role, the celebrity chef will support the work of the scheme, which aims to rehabilitate prisoners through its training programmes.
 
Roux joins a list of famous chefs who are associated with the charity, including Cyrus Todiwala, Chef Ambassador for The Clink Restaurant at HMP Brixton, and Giorgio Locatelli and Antonio Carluccio, who are both Chef Ambassadors for The Clink Restaurant at HMP High Down.
 
Albert Roux said: “Having created the Roux Scholarship as a training scheme back in 1984, my brother Michel and I recognised that up and coming chefs needed training and support to build a successful career in the hospitality industry. I hold education and mentoring close to my heart and have had the opportunity to train and work with many well-known chefs. Perhaps the next big talent to break into the culinary world will be one of the trainees on The Clink’s dedicated training scheme.”
 
The charity currently runs three training restaurants with a fourth due to open in Cheshire next year, while it has plans to have ten programmes running by the end of 2017.
 
By Owen Mckeon
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