Three new Head Chefs at Gordon Ramsay restaurants

A trio of Head Chefs jobs have been filled by the Gordon Ramsay Group.
 
Taking over at Heddon Street Kitchen is Paul Croasdale, while Behzad Gotla will lead the kitchen at the Maze Grill in Mayfair and Andrew Winstanley will be in charge at Gordon Ramsay Plane Food at Heathrow.
 
Croasdale will oversee a team of 15, while his career has seen him hold the Head Chef position at Jason Atherton’s Berners Tavern where he worked alongside Executive Chef Phil Carmichael.
 
Prior to this, he was Head Chef at Ynyshir Hall in Wales, while he has also worked at the Harvest restaurant in Fremantle, Australia, the Michelin-starred Longridge in Preston and as Sous Chef at the Michelin-starred Atlantic Hotel in Jersey.
 
Meanwhile Gotla will join the Maze Grill after training in Mumbai and Kolkata, while he has worked in various kitchens throughout Scotland including Le Monde and the Apex Hotel’s Aqua restaurant.
 
Finally, Winstanley will bring his experience of working as Head Chef at a variety of four and five star hotels to Ramsay’s restaurant at Heathrow’s Terminal 5. His career has included spending time as the Executive Chef at the De Vere Group, as well as working on the Queen Elizabeth 2.
 
In other news, it was reported earlier this week that there are now more licensed restaurants than drink-led pubs in Britain.
 
Over the past year, the number of licensed restaurants has risen to 27,500 meaning that it has eclipsed the total of 26,700 local pubs for the first time.
 
There was a 6.9 per cent increase in new restaurants last year, compared to a 5.1 per cent fall in drink-led pubs, while food-led pubs increased their total by 1.1 per cent.
 
The biggest increases in licensed establishments took place in Leicester (8.5 per cent), Bristol (6.5 per cent), Birmingham (5.9 per cent) and Leeds (5.8 per cent), while there was also growth of 3.7 per cent in Manchester and 3.3 per cent in London.
 
By Owen Mckeon
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