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Adam Smith appointed executive chef at Coworth Park

Former Observer Food Monthly Young Chef of the Year, Craft Guild of Chefs Restaurant Chef of the Year, and Roux Scholarship Winner joins luxury country house hotel to lead culinary direction.
Coworth Park, Dorchester Collection’s luxury country house hotel and spa, has announced the appointment of Adam Smith as executive chef, effective this summer.

General manager Zoe Jenkins commented, “Adam is considered one of the UK’s most talented chefs under 30, described as ‘one to watch’ by chef Michel Roux senior. I am delighted he is joining the team, and excited to see the transition he will bring to Coworth Park’s restaurants and events.”

Adam joins Coworth Park from his role as head chef at The Devonshire Arms where he started in 2013, overseeing all food operations including The Burlington Restaurant, Devonshire Brasserie, and conference & banqueting. During this time The Burlington Restaurant was the only new restaurant to be awarded a coveted four AA rosettes in the January 2015 guide.

From 2004 to 2013, Adam worked under chef John Williams at The Ritz, rising from 2nd commis to executive sous chef. In 2012 he was awarded Observer Food Monthly Young Chef of the Year and won the Roux Scholarship, and as part of this prize was given the opportunity to work under chef Yanick Alleno at Le Meurice, Paris, part of Dorchester Collection. In 2015 Adam was made Craft Guild of Chefs Restaurant Chef of the Year.

In his new role, Adam will oversee Restaurant Coworth Park, The Barn, The Bar, The Drawing Room, The Spatisserie, In-Room dining for 70 rooms and suites, and banqueting for four private event rooms.

Commenting on his appointment, Adam Smith said: “I am excited to be joining Dorchester Collection’s Coworth Park; it is one of the UK’s very best country house hotels. I am looking forward to making my mark, and shaping the future of Coworth Park’s culinary reputation.”

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