The GFG Briefing | 24 August 2018
Published 24 August 2018

Michael Wignall, Credit: Matt Austin

Michael Wignall takes on the Angel Inn, St John to launch a bakery in Covent Garden and Wild Honey owners opening new venture in King's Cross

Michael Wignall takes the reins at The Angel Inn Hetton

Michael Wignall is taking over The Angel at Hetton in the Yorkshire Dales. The celebrated chef, who left Gidleigh Park at the end of 2017, previously worked at the Latymer restaurant at Pennyhill Park and Waldo's at Cliveden. After the purchase is complete next month, the pub will be run as-is, until a refurbishment creating a new fine dining space in the new year.

St John owners to launch permanent bakery in Covent Garden

Fergus Henderson and Trevor Gulliver, the owners of St John, will open a new bakery at Neal’s Yard, Covent Garden, in September. The permanent site at Seven Dials follows a series of St John pop-ups and will sell its signature doughnuts throughout the day, alongside sourdough loaves, brownies and Eccles cakes. The new bakery will open close to existing Covent Garden foodie favourites such as Neal’s Yard Dairy and Monmouth Coffee.

Wild Honey team to open new cafe/bar in King's Cross

Anthony Demetre, the owner of Wild Honey restaurant is opening a new cafe/bar at the Coal Drops Yard development in King's Cross. Called Vermuteria, it will focus on food of northern Spain and Italy, with an all-day menu and a vermouth-based cocktail list. As well as Wild Honey, Demetre used to run the now-closed Soho restaurant Arbutus. Vermuteria will launch alongside other Coal Drops Yard openings including Barrafina and Pip Lacey’s Hicce.

Russell Bateman returns to Gordon Ramsay’s Pétrus as head chef

Russell Bateman has been named as the new head chef at Pétrus in Knightsbridge, following Larry Jayasekara’s departure earlier in the year. Bateman was previously head chef at Colette’s restaurant in Chandler’s Cross, Hertfordshire, and has also worked under Daniel Clifford and Aiden Byrne. His latest appointment sees Bateman return to Pétrus, where he worked under Marcus Wareing when the restaurant was on St James’ Street.

Lucknam Park chef Elly Wentworth joins The Angel in Dartmouth

Elly Wentworth has left Lucknam Park after three years as sous chef, to be head chef at The Angel in Dartmouth. Replacing Jody Shaw, Elly continues a long line of female chefs at the restaurant, which started in 1974 as the legendary Carved Angel run by chef Joyce Molyneux.

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