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Apex Hotels appoints new cluster head chef

Apex Hotels has appointed a new cluster head chef to work between its three London properties.

Daniel Ayton, (pictured), joins the F&B team of the Scottish-headquartered hotel group, taking the lead in the kitchens within Apex City of London Hotel, Apex Temple Court Hotel and Apex London Wall Hotel – The Lampery, Chambers and Lazy Ballerinas, and Off the Wall Bar & Grill, respectively.

Ayton who grew up in a culinary family which owned restaurants in Devon, has more than 35 years’ experience in the industry at various restaurants and hotels across the UK.

His most recent role, executive chef at The Tower Hotel in London, saw him launch Vicinity restaurant. Ayton has also held roles at Taj Hotels Palace and Resorts, The Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh and Starwood Hotel Group, including cluster executive chef and consultant chef.

The new role will see Ayton work between the three city hotels with the key ambition of reintroducing new food offerings at each outlet.

At Apex’s Temple Court Hotel, he will play a lead role in the three-year plan which is in place to relaunch Chambers restaurant and its outdoor food offering, The Courtyard.

Daniel will also be responsible for The Lampery restaurant, part of Apex City of London Hotel, as well as The Amicable Society of Lazy Ballerinas, a wine bar within the Temple Court property.

Ayton said: “I am incredibly excited to get started at Apex Hotels and begin working within each of the restaurants. Ever since the pandemic kicked in, the hospitality industry has had to keep fighting fire after fire and so many plans have been put on pause. Now we are looking to the future and putting our plans in place.”

He continued: “I have worked in many cluster roles, so I am confident going into the new role and looking forward to getting to know the teams at each of the hotels. For me, one of the most important responsibilities I will have is ensuring the team continue to be treated respectfully, giving them empowerment and nurturing loyalty. Staff retention is key, especially at such a critical time for the hospitality industry.”

Brian Tapson, cluster general manager at Apex Hotels, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Daniel to the team. He brings a great deal of talent and experience, so we are confident that he will fit in well and hit the ground running.”