It seems the rocky years are well and truly behind Gordon Ramsay with his restaurant empire on the march again – particularly his maze Grill brand which launched two new London sites this year. Hopefully the deletion of maze in Mayfair from the Michelin guide this month hasn’t got him down too much!
This week the group announced the appointment of three new head chefs. Paul Croasdale takes the helm at Heddon Street Kitchen; while Andrew Winstanley arrives at Gordon Ramsay Plane Food; and Behzad Gotla is installed at the maze Grill in Mayfair.
Croasdale was most recently head chef at Jason Atherton’s glamorous two-year-old Berners Tavern from 2013, where he worked with executive chef Phil Carmichael. Before that he spearheaded the kitchen at Ynyshir Hall in Wales, and has also worked at the Atlantic Hotel in Jersey and Longridge in Preston, Lancashire.
Behzad Gotla, who takes the reins at maze Grill Mayfair, trained in India at the Hyatt Regency hotels in Mumbai and Kolkata, however he has spent the last few years in Scotland, first at Le Monde in Edinburgh and then at Aqua in the city’s Apex Hotel.
Meanwhile Winstanley joins Gordon Ramsay Plane Food at Heathrow airport’s Terminal 5 from Wokefield Park, Reading. He has worked in a number of four and five star hotels, as well as Cunard Lines yacht, Queen Elizabeth 2.