Corse Lawn House has announced the appointment of Chris Monk as its new head chef – the youngest head chef in the hotel’s history.
Monk will re-join the family-run team at Corse Lawn House after having trained at the hotel as a teenager. Within his new role, Monk will lead all culinary operations, managing the hotel’s signature Anglo-French menus and array of fresh produce.
He has previously worked at the two Michelin starred Le Champignon Sauvage and renowned Hampshire Michelin starred restaurant, The Montagu Arms Hotel at Beaulieu. In recent months, Monk has been working alongside Corse Lawn House’s owner and proprietor, Baba Hine to learn the ropes of the role before taking the lead as head chef from January 2019.
Monk said: “It is such an honour to be taking my first head chef role at Corse Lawn House. The hotel has always had fond memories for me. I look forward to putting my own stamp on the kitchen whilst keeping the core values it has always held, cooking everything fresh, from the brioche for breakfast, the scones for afternoon teas to the petit fours, everything is made in house and using local, seasonal produce. We even use all game from within a 10-mile radius, that is really exciting.”
Hine added: “We are delighted to welcome back Chris as a core member of our hotel team here at Corse Lawn House. Chris is a delightful young man and his passion for food comes through on the plate. He is a fantastic asset to our team – extremely driven, whilst wonderfully calm, and prepared to put in a huge amount of work.
“Chris has been doing a terrific job so far and our guests are relishing his menus. It’s no mean feat taking on a kitchen with such standing, yet I have absolute confidence in Chris and we are all excited to watch him flourish.”