Chef John Burton-Race has joined restaurant and hotel operator Kent Inns of Distinction as development chef to oversee kitchen training and menu development as the group expands.
Kent Inns of Distinction opened its latest venue, the Ivy House Dining Room & Bar in Tonbridge on May 12 following a £150k refurbishment and will open a seafood restaurant - Harvey’s Fish Market & Oyster Bar in Ramsgate in June.
Burton-Race, who owns the New Angel in Dartmouth, will give the group`s chefs three weeks` training at his restaurant and will work with the owners on menu development for Harvey`s.
He said: "A top quality seafood restaurant is essential to attracting well-heeled gastro tourists to a coast resort like Thanet.
"What we’re doing at Harvey’s should have major spin-off benefits to other businesses and attractions in the area – it’s going to be very exciting for Ramsgate”
The 70-cover Harvey’s Fish Market & Oyster Bar is situated on Ramsgate’s Royal Harbour and when it opens will become the fourth site in the Kent Inns of Distinction portfolio.
Operators Richard and Sherry Martin set up the company in 2004 when they bought and redeveloped the Dog Inn at Wingham, near Canterbury. They also own The Blazing Donkey
Country Hotel in Ham, near Sandwich.
Richard said: "Our new restaurants are in fantastic locations and with John’s involvement in our business, we will be able to improve our offering and introduce some really exciting new styles of food at all our restaurants."