Simpsons Head Chef to launch own restaurant

The Head Chef at the Michelin-starred Simpsons is set to leave in order to set up his own restaurant.
After spending 16 years at the Edgbaston site, which was one of the first in Birmingham to achieve a Michelin star, Matt Cheal is to take over a base in Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire, alongside his father.
Formerly known as Edmunds, the new site is set to be renamed Cheal’s of Henley and will undergo a thorough overhaul before opening in mid to late September.
The new fine dining restaurant is expected to offer an informal setting with an emphasis on dishes using seasonal produce and ingredients from many of the same suppliers that Cheal used while working at Simpsons.
The Chef’s final day at the Michelin-starred restaurant is due to be 9th August, while Yannick Raymond, Assistant Manager at Simpsons, is also set to move to Cheal's of Henley to take control of the front of house as Restaurant Manager.
Speaking about the move, Luke Tipping, Chef Director at Simpsons, said: “Matt joined Simpsons as a teenager - his first full time job. It’s been great to witness his development from young Commis to Head Chef and it’s been a pleasure working with him. Cheal’s will be a fabulous addition to the burgeoning Midlands restaurant scene and I wish Matt and his family every success.”
Another Chef recently announcing his intentions to go it alone was Mark Birchall who is set to leave his role as Group Executive Chef of Northern Operations for the Umbel Restaurant Group.
The role saw him look after many of Simon Rogan’s restaurants including the two Michelin-starred L’Enclume in Cartmel, and The French at The Midland in Manchester.
Starting out as Sous Chef at L’Enclume in 2006, he graduated to the Head Chefs job in 2008 and is now set to launch his own restaurant next summer. Rogan has already begun a catering and hospitality recruitment search to find his replacement.
By Owen Mckeon
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