Acclaimed chef and hotel owner, Michael Caines has announced the appointment of Liam Finnegan as Group Executive Chef of the Michael Caines Collection, following the news of his recent acquisition of former Rick Stein restaurant in Cornwall. 

Finnegan will join the group, which includes luxury country house hotel, Lympstone Manor, from 8 September, moving from his role of Head Chef at The Castle Hotel in Taunton where he has worked for the past eight years. 

Prior to this role, Finnegan was under Michael’s tutelage at Gidleigh Park Hotel located on the edge of Dartmoor National Park.

“Coming back to work for Michael and with the team is very exciting. I have great memories from my formative years at Gidleigh Park – 14 years ago,” says Finnegan. “I can’t wait to start building relationships with the team and customers alike and ultimately cook some fantastic food.”

Chef Michael Caines commented: “It is great to have Liam join as Group Executive Chef for the Michael Caines Collection. 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. I’m excited to be working closely with Liam across the multiple properties and further developing the Michael Caines dining concept.”