Matthew Capper has been appointed head chef at the 18-bedroom, 4-apartment boutique city property and will work alongside the Oddfellows management team to reimagine the culinary offering and look of the popular city restaurant.
Originally from Chester, Matthew spent many of his former years training in France specifically at Le Fleuray, a gastronomic country house hotel in the Loire Valley. He returned to Chester where he has headed up the city’s popular restaurant Chez Jules for the past four years.
Matthew said: ‘The opportunity at Oddfellows came at a perfect time for me. I can build on my previous experience and carry that through to a 24-hour operation, where events and weddings come into play – at the same time as busy breakfasts and afternoon tea services.’
He added: ‘Oddfellows is a brilliant business to be part of – they are independently run, and headed up by a small and smart team of experienced professionals who are happy for me to take the wheel creatively and have autonomy on the direction my food will take.’
Matthew and the team are set to re-launch the restaurant at Oddfellows this autumn, with new menus and a dramatic new look.
Jonathan Slater, Oddfellows Hotels, said: ‘Matthew is a wonderful asset to the team at Oddfellows– he has strong ideas and the talent to support them. We are looking forward to evolving our restaurant under his creative vision.’