John Burton Race is leaving the Michelin-starred New Angel restaurant in Devon on 5 June.

The celebrity chef, who first opened the Dartmouth restaurant in 2004, is departing from his role of executive head chef to focus on consultancy projects and his TV career.

Former Ledbury sous chef Nathan Thomas has been appointed as his replacement and will join the New Angel at the beginning of June.

The New Angel was famously closed by Burton Race’s ex-wife Kim while he was appearing on ITV’s I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! in November 2007. It later collapsed into administration and was bought by travel entrepreneur Clive Jacobs, who previously backed Burton Race when he was at the former two-Michelin-starred L’Ortolan in Berkshire..”

Jacobs said that Burton Race’s departure from the New Angel presented an opportunity for a new start for the restaurant.

“The New Angel is one of the best restaurants in Devon with a long history and it is set in a beautiful location. In Nathan we have found a modern, innovative chef with a Michelin background, who will bring some new blood to this iconic restaurant.”

Thomas helped launch the now two-Michelin-starred Ledbury in 2005 and worked alongside chef-patron Brett Graham for five years. His previous roles included positions at the multi-Michelin-starred Le Gavroche, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay and The Square.

Article from Kerstin  Kühn, Wed 19 May from CatererSearch

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