The Stafford Hotel by Kempinski in St James’s have just announced that Carlos Martinez has been appointed as Executive Chef. Having worked in 18 Michelin starred restaurant in Europe during his career he will be bringing his mix of classic and modern techniques and Mediterranean flavours to develop the hotel’s culinary team and create new menus for The Lyttelton restaurant and lounge, American Bar, room service, 380 year old wine cellars and Private Dining.
Having cooked his way round much of Europe Martinez started off at a young age by helping in his grandma’s restaurant in Valencia, Spain. With her encouragement Martinez was spurred on and encouraged to cook, so he left to study in Toulouse before going on to work in in Cahors, France where he worked with Claude Marco a classically trained chef, before moving over to Fribourg, Switzerland where he learnt his modern techniques under Chef Pierrot Ayer.
He continued to develop his own personal skills and flair when he came to the UK where he worked in several restaurants including working with Chef Robbie Millar in Northern Ireland. Shortly after, Chef Daniel Galmiche invited Martinez to work with him at Cliveden House. During this time he retained Cliveden’s Michelin star award and was one of the ten finalists of the 2012 British Culinary Federation Chef of the Year.
Talking about joining The Stafford, Martinez says ‘I am passionate about fresh ingredients and our menus will be focused on seasonal produce. We want to create a savoury dining experience, encompassing not just taste, but the aromas, presentation and the care with which it is prepared’.