Matthew Worswick has been announced as the new head chef of The Latymer – Pennyhill Park’s luxurious and highly fêted country house hotel dining room in Bagshot. He takes the reins from Michael Wignall who left for Dartmoor’s lauded Tudorbethan manor Gidleigh Park in January. Matthew, who previously led the kitchen team at The Lawn, Thornton Hall Hotel & Spa on the Wirral, will join the Surrey-based hotel on 1 March.
Matthew started out at The Crofters Hotel in Lancashire before moving to St. Martins-on-the-Isle on The Isles of Scilly, working with Kenny Atkinson. He was a semi-finalist on the Beeb’s MasterChef: The Professionals in 2010 and last year was a regional finalist on the broadcaster’s Great British Menu, representing the North West.
Matthew says: “Pennyhill Park has a formidable reputation and I am very excited about joining The Latymer as head chef. It’s a great privilege to have this opportunity with a platform to really showcase my food in such superb surroundings.”
Danny Pecorelli, MD of Exclusive Hotels and Venues, which incorporates Pennyhill Park and the South Lodge Hotel in Horsham (among others), adds: “Matt is an incredible talent and his passion is infectious so I’ve no doubt he will create some show-stopping food whilst being a fantastic mentor to the team.”