The executive chef and director of catering at the hotel will leave in October.
As well as heading up Michelin starred restaurant Simon Radley at The Chester Grosvenor, Radley also leads the hotel’s restaurant La Brasserie and all catering across The Westminster Suite and Eaton Suite event spaces.
Simon Radley at The Chester Grosvenor has held a Michelin star since 1990, making it one of very few UK restaurants to have held a star for so many years. It will continue to trade under Radley’s name until the end of the year with the hotel planning a relaunch of the restaurant in January 2022.
“My career at The Chester Grosvenor has spanned decades and I will leave what has become like a second home to me with many fond memories,” he says.
“My proudest achievement, aside from the wonderful external accolades we’ve achieved, has been bringing some amazing home-grown talent through the ranks of the kitchen. By training our brigade ourselves, we managed to consistently keep our standards high and our team motivated. I like to think we have contributed to raising the bar throughout the Northern restaurant scene with some of the brilliant chefs that came through our kitchens going on to do great things.
“I leave the hotel in a strong position, despite these uncertain times, with an excellent kitchen and restaurant team. It is in superb shape to continue providing our customers with the consistency and excellence they have come to expect from a Chester Grosvenor experience.”
Radley was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Chester in 2018 and has also brought numerous young chefs up through the ranks with his training programme, Simon Radley’s Kitchen Academy.
After a short sabbatical he will be looking to pursue other opportunities within the hospitality sector.