Top-end Wiltshire hotel Whatley Manor has strengthened its senior team with a raft of new appointments and promotions. Attila Tornyi has been promoted from operations manager to deputy general manager while Oliver Harris has been promoted from guest services manager to assistant operations manager after just six months at the Sue Williams-helmed hotel. Paul Halliwell recently joined as food and beverage manager and will work closely with executive chef Ricki Weston, overseeing all F&B outlets at the hotel, including The Dining Room, Grey’s Brasserie, afternoon tea, room service, and events. Halliwell will also work alongside recently appointed dining room manager Clare Ratcliffe. Other new hiores include Florence Yu as sustainability officer and David Pearce as head gardener.
Finnish-born chef Jenny Warner has joined the team at Belgravia's Pantechnicon. Her CV includes a long stint at upmarket London pub group Cubitt House as well as roles at Great Fosters, Hillbark Hotel and The Church Green. Warner will introduce a new menu when Pantechnicon’s second-floor Nordic restaurant reopens as Eldr Dining Rooms on 28 April. Drawing on her Finnish roots, the five-course tasting menu will use traditional Nordic techniques such as foraging, pickling, curing, and smoking, and will maintain Warner's 'strong commitment to sustainability and zero waste goals'. She is also collaborating with the chefs on the menus at Roof Garden at Pantechnicon.
Andy Lambert has been appointed as head chef at Bistro Union in Clapham replacing Joshua Hooper. Lambert is no stranger to working in South London neighbourhood restaurant, having previously helmed the Canton Arms in Stockwell. His CV also includes head chef roles at Central Market and The Goat Bar and Restaurant. Bistro Union is the sister venue to chef restaurateur Adam Byatt’s Michelin-starred Trinity Restaurant, which is also located in Clapham.
D&D London has appointed Michael Clark as its operations director. Clark returns to the group having started his career as restaurant manager at Coq d’Argent before going on to become general manager at Sartoria then Le Pont de la Tour. D&D says he will bring a wealth of knowledge from his time spent at Sketch, Swan at The Globe, and most recently as operations director for The Ivy Collection. The London-centric restaurant group has also made two new appointments at its South Place Hotel site in The City which it says will “reaffirm its position as one of London’s most exciting hotels”. Michael James Parker joins as general manager while Cynthia Coomb joins as food and Beverage Director.
Boundary London has appointed general manager Richard Logins to manage the reopening of its two new restaurant concepts, following an extensive refurbishment and redesign. The Terence Conran-designed hotel is now under the ownership of restaurateur James McCulloch of Harcourt Inns, who will work alongside Logins to oversee the relaunch of its rooftop and downstairs restaurants. Logins’ CV includes top front of house roles at Bob Bob Ricard, The Avenue in St James, Duck & Waffle, and H-Club (formerly The Hospital Club).
Fast-expanding ‘alternative-protein food group’ has made a trip of senior hires. Jeffrey S. Fried - the former chairman of US fast-food salad chain Sweetgreen and Henrik Fjordbak - the former COO of Joe & The Juice - join the advisory board. Vincent Herbert, the former CEO of Le Pain Quotidien, joins the brand as chief executive of Neat Burger USA. He will oversee all aspects of the group’s rapid site expansion strategy in the US including the development of products at Neat Burger’s innovation centre in New York.
The Grand Hotel Birmingham have taken on Charlotte Horler as its deputy manager. Horler joins the recently launched hotel following a three-year stint as deputy general manager at New Hall Hotel & Spa in Sutton Coldfield. She has over 15 years’ experience in the hospitality sector and has served in numerous senior management roles.
Design-forward London hotel Bankside has appointed Morena Mannino as director of sales. Her ‘highly deserved’ promotion comes after nearly four years in her current role of business development manager at Bankside, she is also one of the original team members who opened the hotel in 2018. As an alumnus of Luiss Business School in Rome, Mannino worked her way through various roles operationally in Italy before moving to London where she worked in sales roles at various hotels including K-West Hotel and Hotel Russell.