Executive chef Jonny Lake to leave the Fat Duck Group

After 12 years, Jonny Lake, executive chef of Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck Group has announced he will be moving on to pursue personal projects.

Lake, who is set to leave in March, joined the Fat Duck Restaurant as a chef de partie in 2005. He worked his way up the ranks and became head chef of the restaurant four years later.

In 2013, he was appointed head chef the Experimental Kitchen.

He was a key player in the restaurant’s migration to Melbourne, Australia in 2015 and also the reopening in Bray, Berkshire.

As executive chef, Lake oversaw the three restaurants in Bray; the Fat Duck, the Hind’s Head and the Crown at Bray, as well as the Perfectionists’ Café at Heathrow Airport.

Lake said: “I have been part of so many amazing projects during my time here in Bray and also had the opportunity to work with many incredible talented people. I have grown so much during this time and I’m excited to explore the next chapter of my life.”

His replacement hasn’t been announced, however it’s been confirmed that Edward Cooke will remain as head chef at the Fat Duck.

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