New executive head chef for Smith & Wollensky steakhouse chain

Tom Cook, executive head chef

High-end steakhouse Smith & Wollensky has appointed Tom Cook, formerly of Skylon Restaurant, as executive head chef.

Cook’s former roles include executive head Chef of two AA rosette restaurant Le Pont de la Tour, head chef of Michelin-starred Tom Aikens Restaurant and sous chef of highly-regarded Pier Restaurant in Sydney, which held three Hats at the time.

Cook has also worked with Gary Rhodes at his City Rhodes restaurant, Michel Roux Jr at his two Michelin-starred Le Gavroche restaurant and under Eric Chavot at The Capital Hotel.

Overseeing a brigade of 18, Cook will help to maintain Smith & Wollensky’s high level of customer service and develop menus to reflect his impressive training.

He said: “I am extremely excited to join Smith & Wollensky and be involved in the continued development of the much-loved steak brand. Over the next few months we will be recruiting and training in preparation for the significant growth being experienced at Smith & Wollensky.”

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