Pete Murt has been appointed head chef of Rick and Jill Stein's flagship Seafood Restaurant in Padstow.
Padstow-born Murt (pictured) first joined the group as a kitchen porter at St Petroc's Bistro in 2000, rising through the ranks via the Stein's chef apprentice academy. A brief absence from the group saw him join Claude Bosi's two-Michelin-starred Hibiscus in London, but he returned in 2015 to help launch Sandbanks in Dorset.
Rick said: "Pete comes from the large Padstow family of Murts many of whom have supplied us with seafood over the years so I've known Pete even before he started working for us as a very young kitchen porter and have watched his development over the years into a first class chef. His first head chef's job had been at our restaurant in Sandbanks and now the Seafood Restaurant, I'm really looking forward to working with him back in Padstow."
Murt replaces long-standing Seafood Restaurant head chef Stephane Delourme, who has taken a group chef position and will be focused on training the next generation across the group's 12 sites.