Sofian Msetfi replaces Kerth Gumbs as executive chef of Ormer Mayfair

Tanwen Dawn-Hiscox

Tanwen Dawn-Hiscox

Deputy Editor

Sofian Msetfi has been named executive chef of Ormer Mayfair, the restaurant located in the luxury boutique hotel, Flemings, replacing his predecessor and Great British Menu 2020 victor Kerth Gumbs.

Prior to joining the London establishment, Sofian was the head chef at the one Michelin star restaurant The Oak Room at Adare Manor in Ireland, before which he has held positions at Michelin-starred Longridge Restaurant, The Hand and Flowers and Midsummer House.

At Ormer, the chef will cook a tasting menu only with which he will demonstrate his modern British training.

This will include a five-course lunch for £50, as well as a seven-course and nine-course dinner 
menu for £70 and £90 respectively.

Signature dishes will include Cornish crab with brown crab  biscuit, lime, avocado and spiced crab broth; roast rack of Dorset lamb, confit of lamb breast, cucumber and dill, and truffle honey ice cream, frozen kefir and extra virgin olive oil.

After a stint as chef de partie at Longridge Restaurant, Sofian learned his craft from two Michelin-starred chef 
Tom Kerridge at The Hand and Flowers. He then spent four years climbing the ranks to the position of senior sous chef at Midsummer House under chef patron Daniel Clifford.

At Ormer, Sofian will also be joined by a new senior-sous, Chris Hopkins, who has previously worked at Dinner by Heston and at Midsummer House.

On his appointment, the chef said: “I am incredibly excited to be joining one of London’s most established luxury properties and look forward to supporting the hotel’s ambition to house one of the finest restaurants in the capital. I have an incredibly talented team and we can’t wait to bring a new dining experience to Ormer Mayfair. We have simplified yet elevated the offering by creating three tasting menus which will showcase only the best, locally sourced British produce."

General manager Henrik Muehle added: “We’re delighted to have Sofian and Chris onboard for when we re-open our doors this spring. With experience working alongside some of the country’s leading chefs in some of the best kitchens, they are the perfect duo to drive the new F&B offering at the hotel, and along with our existing team at Ormer, will significantly elevate our already strong reputation for dining in the capital.”

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Tanwen Dawn-Hiscox

Tanwen Dawn-Hiscox

Deputy Editor 26th April 2021

Sofian Msetfi replaces Kerth Gumbs as executive chef of Ormer Mayfair