Delicious Dining has appointed José Garcia to head its new Southampton-based Spanish flagaship restaurant Tapas Barcelona.
Garcia joins from The White Horse hospitality group based in Romsey, Hampshire.
He joins with 25 years of industry experience and will team up with the 100-cover restaurant's head chef, Chris Rock.
Garcia said: “Delicious Dining is a progressive group with its own personality and Tapas Barcelona will offer the Southampton diners a fresh new approach to dining out not on offer from the larger brands in the city."
Delicious Dining managing director, Steve Hughes, said: “We are delighted, José not only brings with him extensive management experience but also possesses an innate understanding of the authenticity of Spanish dining which will be key in delivering a true Spanish dining experience for us.”