Adam Simmonds, who has been awarded Michelin Stars for his food at Danesfield House in Marlow and at Ynyshir Hall Hotel in the Welsh hills, has been appointed the new executive chef at Alpha Club Milton Keynes.
Adam will bring a touch of excellence to the dining experience at Alpha Club when it opens in May 2018 after he rocketed into the public eye by making it to the finals of ‘The Great British Menu’ on BBC Two. As one of the final three contestants, he cooked his now infamous Ration Pack starter course for D-Day veterans at the St Paul’s Cathedral banquet to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the landings.
Angus Dudgeon, Director of Alpha Club, said: “We chose to work with Adam on the Alpha Club Milton Keynes because of his excellence and his reputation for exacting standards, honed while working at the best restaurants in the country, under some of the finest chefs in the world.”
Adam will direct kitchen operations and be the creative driving force in designing the menus at Alpha Club, which will be located in the CBXII building in Central Milton Keynes. On signing the deal, Adam said: “This is like coming home for me, I know the area well and believe Milton Keynes will really benefit from having a high quality dining venue of this type. “I am extremely excited about this project and I cannot wait to start. “While working for Raymond (Blanc) and Gary (Jones) at Le Manoir, they taught me all I know about quality, freshness, seasonality, the importance of the right flavours, and about technique. “The business community of Milton Keynes is in for a real treat.”
Adam’s catering roots can be traced back to his very first job at The Globe Inn in Leighton Buzzard, where he began washing dishes and making sandwiches to fund his studies at catering college. Since then, he has worked at leading restaurants including Le Gavroche, The Ritz, the Lanesborough, Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, and under renowned chefs such as Marco Pierre White, Jean Christophe Novelli and Raymond Blanc.
Angus Dudgeon, Director of Alpha Club, said: “Our new venue will provide a luxury space for all professionals and entrepreneurs that become members, and with Adam’s menu we will offer the best in cuisine complemented by an exquisite wine list.
The Alpha Club Milton Keynes will be a superb space to do business, as well as unwind and relax after a hard day in the office.”
Celebrate MK – March 2018