The Dorchester hires youngest ever head chef in its 88-year history

Tom Booton, head chef, The Dorchester

The Dorchester has hired a 26-year-old to front its restaurant, The Grill at The Dorchester, who becomes the youngest ever head chef to be appointed at the luxury hotel.

Upon arrival, Essex-born Tom Booton will be the youngest head chef in the restaurant’s 88-year history and marks the ‘next chapter’ for The Grill at The Dorchester in championing fresh talent.

Booton joins from his role as head chef at Michelin-starred Alyn Williams at The Westbury, and has also worked at leading restaurants including Le Talbooth, L’Autre Pied and Dabbous.

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Joining in this new chapter of The Grill at The Dorchester, Kieran McLoughlin has been appointed as general manager, joining from Hide restaurant this August, and Adam Nevin has joined to support Booton in the kitchen as sous chef.

Over the coming months, Booton will be putting his ‘own stamp’ on the dining room and its menus, with an unveiling due for early October. He will lead a 15-strong brigade.

Regional director UK & general manager of The Dorchester, Robert Whitfield comments: “Tom Booton’s talent and energy provide a formidable match in re-affirming The Grill at The Dorchester’s position as a leading London dining classic. 2019 marks a new culinary chapter for The Dorchester, with the recent appointment of Stefan Trepp, our first executive chef in twenty years, and this autumn’s re-launch of The Grill under Tom’s watch.”

The Dorchester is part of The Dorchester Collection, which also includes Coworth Park and 45 Park Lane.

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