Matt Worswick is the new Executive Chef at Jason Atherton's The Shanghai EDITION

Cara Houchen

Matt Worswick is set to leave the Latymer after four years and takeover as executive chef at JasoN atherton's The Shanghai EDITION in february 2020.

He will be replaced at The Latymer by former executive chef of Bohemia in Jersey, Steve Smith. Matt will be taking over from Scott Melvin, who departs at the end of the month, he launched the hotel in July 2018 and has worked alongside Jason for the past 15 years.

Matt said: “I’m thrilled to be working alongside Jason and the team at The Shanghai EDITION. I’ve long admired Jason’s work, not only in London, but across the globe and I’m extremely excited to be a part of the team from February. My role will include overseeing the three F&B outlets and I’ll be based predominantly at Shanghai Tavern. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Pennyhill Park and would like to thank all the team for their continued support.”

Jason’s team currently oversee the three F&B outlets within the 145-bedroom hotel including Shanghai Tavern, HIYA and Canton Disco in collaboration with Black Sheep Restaurant Group.

He added: “I’m so pleased to be welcoming Matt to the team. He’s a fantastic chef with a wealth of experience which will only add to the brilliant reputation The Shanghai EDITION has acquired since opening. I’d like to wish Scott and his wife, Kim Melvin, the best of luck with their new adventure and thank them for their many years of hard work and loyalty.”

On joining The Latymer, Steve Smith said: “I’m incredibly excited to be joining The Latymer, it’s a fantastic opportunity to further develop my cuisine and the restaurant in such a beautiful setting. My food will be flavour and texture driven using the best available seasonal produce.”

Steve Smith 

Steve was previously at 1 Michelin starred Bohemia at The Club Hotel & Spa in Jersey, where he has held the position of Executive Chef since January 2013. Just seven months after Steve’s appointment, the restaurant retained its Michelin star in October 2013, and was later awarded 5 AA Rosettes in the AA Guide 2017 (which it still retains), the only restaurant in the Channel Islands with this achievement.

Starting his career in the kitchen of Jean Christophe Novelli, Steve went on to work with incredible chefs such as Shaun Hill, Paul Heathcote and Simon Gueller. Steve achieved his first Michelin star at the young age of 24 during his time as Head Chef at Gordleton Mill.

His successful career has also included a 5-year stint as Head Chef of The Burlington at The Devonshire Arms Hotel in Skipton, West Yorkshire, where the restaurant was also awarded a Michelin star with Steve overseeing the kitchen. In 2014, Steve was awarded the highly coveted Catey Award for Chef of the Year, a testament to both his talent and his commitment to the industry.

Pennyhill Park GM Graham Copeman added: "We're thrilled to have Steve join us and for us all to have the opportunity to work with such a passionate chef. His commitment to the finest gastronomy matches our philosophies here at Pennyhill Park and I look forward and I look forward to seeing the direction in which he takes the restaurant." 


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Cara Houchen

Cara Houchen

Editor 10th December 2019

Matt Worswick is the new Executive Chef at Jason Atherton's The Shanghai EDITION