With over 20 years’ experience working within Michelin starred establishments, he is also a holder of a Master of Culinary Arts Award.
In his new role, Ben Tekfa will support the business leaders to ensure the highest standards of service and guest experience are delivered across all four restaurants in the collection.
These include the fine dining Fernery and more casual Artisan Room Restaurant at the Grove of Narberth hotel, the Michelin starred Beach House Restaurant on the Gower Peninsular, and the highly regarded Coast Restaurant in Saundersfoot.
In this role Mourad will also join the owners Neil and Zoe Kedward on the newly formed executive management board for the collection.
Managing director of The Seren Collection, Neil Kedward, said: “’We all need great people around us and so we are delighted to have Mourad by our side.
“The loyalty he has shown to Le Manoir over so many years is rare to see, and he has delivered at the highest level for so long. His contribution to Raymond Blanc’s vision and the wider sector in terms of people development is enormous.”
He added: “We feel blessed to be able to bring somebody of his obvious calibre into the Seren Collection to ensure our quality levels continue to progress in the years ahead. With so many exciting plans for the future, Mourad is the perfect restaurant professional to help us make them a reality.”
Ben Tekfa said: “I am thrilled to have accepted the position director of restaurants for the Seren Collection. The vision and ambition that Neil shared with me, made it a straightforward and a very exciting decision to take.
“The team has already achieved many accolades, and I have witnessed first-hand the excellence of service within the restaurants. I am looking forward to helping the collection build on this success in beautiful South West Wales.”