“I will be leaving the wonderful Ballyfin at the end of March”

Alex South

Alex South


Michelin-starred Head Chef Sam Moody has announced he will be leaving the Ballyfin, Ireland at the end of March after joining the hotel in October 2016.

Announcing his upcoming departure on his Instagram account Sam also hinted that he would be leaving the position to start a new project with more updates to be expected soon.

Speaking exclusively to The Staff Canteen, Sam said: "I’m grateful for the six years I’ve had at Ballyfin, & the wonderful induction to Ireland. We are now excited to be setting up open our first restaurant opening in Laois in the Spring… more details of the project to follow soon."

In a post on Instagram, Sam announced: “Never one to celebrate the end, but very excited about this new beginning. I will be leaving the wonderful Ballyfin at the end of March… stay tuned for updates on our new project, opening in the spring 2023.”

Sam took up the position of head chef at the Ballyfin in October 2016, bringing with him 15 years of experience working in a number of Michelin-starred kitchens.

Sam began his career at the age of 16, working in a local fine dining restaurant whilst, simultaneously, studying for his catering qualifications at Central Sussex College.

A year later, Sam was appointed as a Commis Chef at Ockenden Manor Hotel where, under the tutelage of Head Chef Steve Crane, the team was awarded a Michelin Star.

In 2005, he joined renowned chef Michael Caines in the two Michelin star kitchens of Gidleigh Park, where he remained for almost four years, before moving to The Bath Priory as Sous Chef in 2009.

Later that same year, in recognition of his talent and dedication, Moody was promoted to Head Chef.

Three years later, further promotion followed with Moody’s appointment as Executive Head Chef at The Bath Priory where he acquired a Michelin Star.


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Alex South

Alex South

Editor 6th February 2023

“I will be leaving the wonderful Ballyfin at the end of March”