Michael Caines welcomes new group executive chef

Michael Caines has announced the appointment of Liam Finnegan as group executive chef of the Michael Caines Collection.

Finnegan will take up his new position on 8 September 2020, and the news follows Caines’ recent acquisition of former Rick Stein restaurant in Porthleven, Cornwall.

Caines and Finnegan have a 14-year working relationship, and the appointment follows an eight-year stint as head chef at The Castle Hotel Taunton – and prior to that under Caines’ tutelage at Gidleigh Park.

“Coming back to work for Michael and with the team is very exciting,” says Finnegan.

“I have great memories from my formative years at Gidleigh Park – 14 years ago! – and it’s a testament to the company to see so many familiar faces still working for Michael.

“I have been watching the brand grow from afar with admiration and I’m really excited with the appointment.

“I can’t wait to start building relationships with the team and customers alike, and ultimately cook some fantastic food.”

“Liam joins us at an exciting time with the impending opening of Porthleven and in advance of the Exmouth project due to open early 2021, bringing the total collection to four sites,” adds Caines.

“Since working with me at Gidleigh Park, Liam will be bringing with him an exciting dynamic of; maturity, skill and experience from his most recent role as head chef at The Castle Hotel Taunton and Brazz brasserie.

“I’m excited to be working closely with Liam across the multiple properties and further developing the Michael Caines dining concept.”