MICHELIN-starred chef André Garrett has been appointed as the new executive head chef at Cliveden House in Taplow.

The chef, who was awarded his first Michelin star in 2010 as head chef at Galvin at Windows Restaurant and Bar in London, will start on October 7.

His appointment coincides with the opening, this autumn, of a new restaurant. Formerly the Terrace Restaurant, the new restaurant will overlook the landscaped grounds of this National Trust property.

André started his career in 1989 as a commis chef at Hunstrete House Hotel near Bath, before moving to London to join Nico Ladenis working across his three award-winning restaurants, where he became the youngest ever head chef.

In 1998 André was appointed sous chef at The Dining Room, an independent restaurant at the five-star Landmark Hotel and then joined Chris Galvin in 2000 at the Orrery where after one year he was promoted to head chef at this Michelin-starred restaurant in London’s Marylebone.

In 2002 he won the prestigious Roux Scholarship and took the opportunity to move and hone his culinary skills at the prestigious Guy Savoy in Paris for a year, before moving back to the Orrery, and then onto Galvin at Windows Restaurant and Bar.

He said: "Ever since I was a young man starting out in this amazing trade Cliveden was the place to be outside of London. As soon as I visited I knew that I wanted to be a part of this new era. I am really excited to be joining the team, launching the new restaurant and placing Cliveden firmly back on the gastronomic map.

"My seven years at Galvin at Windows have been so fulfilling in many ways and, even though leaving is sad, I am happy that I am leaving behind a strongly-built ship. Chris, Jeff and Fred have been great role models and I know that I have the knowledge, patience and drive to go forward and succeed."

He is taking over from current executive chef Carlos Martinez, who is planning a new career move and is soon to become a dad.

General manager of Cliveden House, Sue Williams, said: "André Garrett is hugely respected in the industry and a serious player; I am thrilled that he is able to join my team at Cliveden House. This is such an exciting time in our culinary history and he will be following in the footstep of some very notable culinary luminaries.

"We look forward to harnessing all his skills to bring our guests the very best dining experiences to match the glorious surroundings of Cliveden."