In his new job, Ben Tekfa, who holds a Master of Culinary Arts Award, will 'support the business leaders to ensure the highest standards of service and guest experience are delivered' across all four restaurants in the Seren portfolio.
They include both the fine-dining restaurant Fernery and the more casual Artisan Room Restaurant at the Grove of Narberth; the Michelin-starred Beach House Restaurant on the Gower Peninsular; and the Coast Restaurant in Saundersfoot.
He will also join owners Neil and Zoe Kedward on the collection's newly formed executive management board.
“I am thrilled to have accepted the position Director of Restaurants for the Seren Collection," says Ben Tekfa, who originally joined Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons 18 years ago as restaurant manager before rising through the ranks to restaurant director in 2010.
"The vision and ambition that Neil shared with me, made it a straightforward and a very exciting decision to take.
"The team has already achieved many accolades, and I have witnessed first-hand the excellence of service within the restaurants. I am looking forward to helping the collection build on this success in beautiful South West Wales.”
Kedward adds that he's 'delighted' to have Ben Tekfa join the group.
"The loyalty he has shown to Le Manoir over so many years is rare to see, and he has delivered at the highest level for so long," he says.
"His contribution to Raymond Blanc’s vision and the wider sector in terms of people development is enormous.
"We feel blessed to be able to bring somebody of his obvious calibre into the Seren Collection to ensure our quality levels continue to progress in the years ahead. With so many exciting plans for the future, Mourad is the perfect restaurant professional to help us make them a reality.”