Pickett, who previously worked with D&D London (formerly Conran Restaurants) at Orrery, Bluebird and the Aurora restaurant at the Great Eastern Hotel, has been appointed head chef at Plateau in Canary Wharf.
He will start at the restaurant, which is located on the fourth floor of Canada Place, on 7 June replacing current head chef Tim Tolley, who has overseen Plateau since its launch in October 2003 and is returning to the USA.
Pickett told Caterersearch he was "very excited" to be returning to the capital. "I joined the Aviator about two years ago and it was a great opportunity for me to diversify," he said.
"But I do miss London. It's got a more discerning clientele and keeps you on your toes. Tim has been looking after Plateau since it first opened and I look forward to bringing some fresh air to the restaurant."
Spread over 9,000sq ft, Plateau is divided into an 80-seat main restaurant, a 60-seat bar and grill area, a 40-seat private dining room and two terraces overlooking Canary Wharf. .
Pickett said that, while his cooking at the Aviator had been traditional English, he would return to his roots at Plateau to offer a modern French menu with Mediterranean influences. "I would really like to introduce a tasting menu at Plateau," he added.
Pickett joined the 169-bedroom Aviator, which is a joint-venture from operator Ken McCulloch and Farnborough Airport, in 2008. He was previously head chef at the then Michelin-starred Orrery in Marylebone before joining Chris and Jeff Galvin as head chef at Galvin Bistrot de Luxe in 2007.
By Kerstin KÁ¼hn
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