Chris Staines is to become the executive chef of Heckfield Place in Hampshire after he leaves his position at Foliage at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, BigHospitality can reveal.
The Michelin-starred chef announced his resignation from the London hotel last week after seven years of service. It has since been confirmed that Staines will join Heckfield Place to oversee their dining operation once he has worked his three months notice period.
A spokesperson for Heckfield Place, said: "Chris will be coming to work here, but we haven`t got a date when he`s starting yet."
Staines will then be responsible for running the catering facilities for the 67-bedroom conference and wedding facility near Reading, which includes five separate banqueting and private dining areas for up to 520 covers.
While Tony McHale, general manager of Mandarin Oriental wished Staines ‘every success with his new venture,’ talks are now underway with Heston Blumenthal about the possibility of opening The Fat Duck chef’s first London restaurant at the hotel.
Blumenthal’s spokesperson said: “Heston’s got so many pans on the fire at the moment. He’s been talking to them, but nothing’s been signed yet.”
Staines became one of the youngest Michelin-starred chefs in the UK shortly after joining Foliage in 2002 from Marco Pierre White’s Oak Room. He has since held the restaurant’s one Michelin star for a steady six years.