Michael Caines is ready to take on a new challenge, after revealing he intends to launch a brand new restaurant with a London hotel.
The two-time Michelin-starred chef is already in partnership with Kentisbury Grange, a Devon-based hotel, where he has opened the Coach House by Michael Caines. He has also preparing to open the Townhouse in Oswestry, Shropshire, a restaurant based in a refurbished Georgian property.
The chef is now recruiting for a number of hospitality jobs in both of the venues.
Speaking to The Caterer, Caines said he has been working on his consultancy business since he resigned as food and beverage director at Brownsword Hotels in July. In an arrangement with Andrew Brownsword, founder of the hotel group, he is continuing his work at Kentisbury Grange but is allowed to explore new opportunities.
With that in mind, Caines is looking toward the possibility of creating more hotel and restaurant partnerships to further expand his presence.
"London is very much on my radar,” he told The Caterer. “I came very close to agreeing a proposition at a prestigious hotel in London, but it didn’t happen. However, I am now in talks with another hotel. It is important that it is the right property.”
Not only will Caines be able to deliver his award-winning dishes to more and more restaurant growers, a new deal could signal the start of something big for the Exeter-born chef.
With more control over his own choices, he could follow the lead of other top chefs and step-up his restaurant expansion to other areas of the country. If this is an option he elects to take, it will benefit the hospitality industry by providing new jobs at any new venue he opens.
It is sure to be an interesting employment option, especially for budding chefs looking to work under the tutelage of a renowned expert. Caines told The Caterer that although he won’t be in the kitchen at his upcoming Townhouse venue on a regular basis, he plans to visit the site often and provide help and support to staff, especially when it comes to key events.