Delicious Dining, the South’s largest independently owned hospitality group, has appointed Andy Taylor-Rose as its Executive Chef.
Taylor-Rose, who was recently awarded Hampshire Chef of the Year has been tasked to enhance and extend the group’s culinary offering and will be responsible for over 40 chefs at seven venues ranging from fine to casual dining.
He said: “Delicious Dining has a solid identity in the City and a good reputation for delivering great food. I’ll be sprinkling a little bit of magic on the dishes as it were but our main challenge lies in the casual dining sector.”
Taylor Rose explained that Southampton had recently experienced an influx of casual dining outlets which has impacted restaurants in the City.
“There are so many more casual dining outlets in the City now and customers want a lot more for a lot less; if you are not standing out from the crowd, you will disappear quickly. My job will be to make sure that we all stay in the limelight.”
The 41-year-old, who had previously worked at the Café Royale under Herbert Berger and Rhinefield House New Forest among others before returning to Southampton to co-own The Brasserie which, under his ownership, was awarded the Restaurant of the Year 2017 at the British Restaurant Awards.
Delicious Dining Managing Director Steve Hughes commented, “We are delighted to have Andy on board. When a group has as many busy chefs and outlets as Delicious, it’s important that we have a person who can guide them in the right direction. Andy will help us build on our excellent food and beverage offering while aiming for AA Rosettes and evolving the group as a whole.”