International restaurant group Rhubarb Hospitality Collection has appointed Great British Menu regional champion Kerth Gumbs as the new head chef of Fenchurch, Sky Garden’s contemporary fine-dining restaurant on the 37th floor of the Fenchurch or ‘Walkie Talkie’ Building in London.
Starting early next month, Mr Gumbs will bring almost two decades of experience working in the kitchens of numerous world-class establishments to the role.
He joins the group from restaurant and bar Boiler & Co, where he also held the position of head chef, and prior to that he held the same position at highly acclaimed restaurant, Ormer Mayfair.
A Le Cordon Bleu graduate, he was also crowned champion of the London and South East region in BBC Two’s Great British Menu 2020, making it to the national finals, and he has recently been announced as one of the judges for BBC Three’s new Young MasterChef, due to air next year.
Mr Gumbs said: “With its unrivalled city skyline views and its reputation as one of London’s leading fine-dining rooftop restaurants, I’m thrilled to be joining the Fenchurch team. It is a beautiful and iconic venue with so much to give, and I’m really looking forward to putting my own stamp on the menu.”
PB Jacobse, CEO of Rhubarb Hospitality Collection, added: “We have long admired Kerth and we are so pleased to have him on board. His innovative and modern approach to fine dining and immaculate presentation skills will be a real asset and I know he will take Fenchurch to new heights.”