As part of its continued commitment to excellence and its strategy for developing its own talent, Lancaster London hotel on Hyde Park has appointed Adam Woolven as Head Chef of the award-winning restaurant Island Grill.
Adam began his career in Lancaster London’s prestigious apprentice scheme, where he worked throughout all areas of the kitchens whilst studying for his professional chef’s scholarship at Westminster Kingsway College.
After graduating, he was promoted to Commis Chef, before moving on to Island Grill restaurant where he quickly gained two more promotions.
Adam then joined the Caledonian Club kitchen brigade in Belgravia Square, where he worked for ten months honing his skills, before returning to Island Grill in the more senior position of Chef de Partie.
Since returning to Island Grill, Adam’s career has gone from strength to strength in the past four years. Winning awards such as Role Model of the Year (2012), he was promoted to Sous Chef in 2013, before recently being given the role of Head Chef.
Adam’s new role includes writing new à la carte and set menus, rotas, costings, organising the day to day running of the kitchen and maintaining the restaurant’s 2 AA rosettes, 3 star SRA rating and impressive position on Trip Advisor where Island Grill currently sits at 105.
A mere ten paces from Lancaster Gate Underground station, Lancaster London offers a wide range of dining options. Island Grill’s modern European menu changes with each season as part of its dedication to sustainability, and Nipa Thai showcases some of the best Thai food found in London.
Lancaster London is also a champion for the humble honey bee, and was the first hotel in London to cultivate beehives on its roof in 2009. Lancaster London also organises and hosts the annual “London Honey Show” in October to provide education on urban beekeeping.