The Signet Collection has appointed Ronnie Kimbugwe as culinary and operations director, who will join The Mitre hotel in Hampton Court in September.
Kimbugwe, whose background includes over six years with the Gordon Ramsay group at Claridges, joins the new hotel and hospitality brand from the Bel and Dragon Country Inns, where he created a “highly successful” group of gastropubs across the South of England.
He will oversee the entire culinary vision at The Mitre, including two restaurants, Coppernose and 1665, the Orangery, private dining, wine cellars, suites and in-room dining.
In his new role with The Signet Collection, Kimbugwe will create the menus throughout the hotel, in keeping with the relaxed modern British comfort cooking style for which he is “renowned”.
Kimbugwe said: “I am delighted to be joining the team at The Mitre, Hampton Court and I look forward to putting my stamp on The Signet Collection as we launch F&B across the brand. Good food is nurturing, it’s restorative, it brings people together. It’s why we champion British produce, local, independent growers, and suppliers we know and trust.
“We will serve our guests heart-warming and memory making dishes, done properly, genuinely. We look forward to our two new riverside restaurants Coppernose and Signet 1665 being a welcome addition to both the local community, hotel residents and Hampton Court Palace visitors.”