After a busy week on the blog with our new series of 5 Questions, we weren’t really expecting to do many more posts this week. But a phone call late this afternoon was just too good to miss doing a post on.
One of our favourite former Michelin starred chefs has signed a deal with Thistle Hotel in Cardiff.
Former two star chef Martin Blunos will be initially working at The Thistle Parc, Cardiff in what is currently known as Hamon’s Restaurant full time. Whether or not the restaurant will be re-branded is unclear, but the remit for Mr Blunos apparently is to achieve accolades. This is a massive U turn for Thistle Hotels, who 2 years ago brought in a consultant chef with the same brief. Recession obviously hit the group hard and a new Financial Director cut costs, just at the point when some of their properties were achieving 2 AA rosette status.
Mr Blunos clearly has what it takes to deliver the goods, after successfully running two, 2 Michelin starred restaurants in Lettonie & then Blinis, he then went on to gain a star at The Lygon Arms in Broadway. Since then he has been cultivating more of a media presence, appearing on Channel 4’s Iron Chef & MasterChef Australia (demostrating his boiled egg & soliders)