Gordon Ramsay Group reinforces kitchen ranks

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The Gordon Ramsay Group has announced a trio of chef appointments across three of its key restaurants sites. Heddon Street Kitchen, Gordon Ramsay Plane Food and maze Grill Mayfair — which are all part of the famous TV chef’s restaurant empire — have brought in new faces to lead their kitchens.

Heddon Street Kitchen, a casual all-day restaurant located in the Regent Street Food Quarter has hired Paul Croasdale as head chef. He began his career at some of the most celebrated restaurants in the north of England and served as head chef at Ynyshir Hall in Wales, overseeing the Michelin-starred kitchen of the Relais & Chateaux property.

Two years ago he relocated to London to join Berners Tavern as head chef, working under Jason Atherton and executive chef Phil Carmichael, where he oversaw a brigade of 45 chefs.

At Heddon Street Kitchen, he will be in charge of a team of 15 at the 232-cover restaurant, while overseeing the ever-evolving modern European menu peppered with Asian influences.

Meanwhile, Andrew Winstanley has become head chef at Gordon Ramsay’s Plane Food in Heathrow Airport Terminal 5, following executive chef roles at some of the UK’s leading four and five star hotels.

He has spent the past three years at Wokefield Park in Reading, where he oversaw the food and beverage offering at the flagship De Vere venue. Winstanley managed two kitchens, a large bar, 24-hour room service and catering for a host of conference venues, with over 2,000 covers daily.

Last but not least, Behzad Gotla has taken the reins at maze Grill Mayfair. His brings a diverse experience of restaurant life to the role having worked in AA Rosette kitchens, five-star luxury hotels and casual family restaurants. He previously worked at Le Monde in Edinburgh and more recently at Aqua within the city’s Apex Hotel.

The Gordon Ramsay Group employs more than 700 people in London where it has a collection of 14 restaurants, including the recently opened maze Grill Park Walk and maze Grill Royal Hospital Road.

The Group has a total of 27 restaurants globally and 6 Michelin stars, with international restaurants from Europe to the US, the Middle East and Asia. Originally routed in fine dining, the Group has expanded to include more diverse and informal sites.

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