Splendid Hospitality Group is pleased to announce that Kevin Bonello has been appointed as Executive Chef at their award-winning five-star property, The Grand, York. With an impressive culinary background spanning over two decades, including as Culinary Director at Michelin-starred restaurant De Mondion, Bonello brings a wealth of expertise and innovation to The Grand’s esteemed culinary team.

Joining an already impressive team, Bonello will be working with Ahmed Abdalla, Head Chef of Legacy, the hotel’s Michelin favourited restaurant for February 2023, and Marc Williams, Chef Director of The Cookery School at The Grand.

Prior to joining The Grand, Bonello served as the Culinary Director at Xara Collection for an impressive 21 years. During his tenure, he played a pivotal role in elevating the culinary offerings and establishing Xara Collection as a leading hospitality brand. During this time, Bonello and his team were awarded a Michelin star – one of only five restaurants in Malta.

Bonello’s culinary journey began as an Apprentice Chef at Ristorante Cosmana Navarra in Rabat, Malta. Fuelled by his passion for culinary arts, he pursued further studies in Food Preparation and Production at the prestigious Institute of Tourism Studies (ITS). His dedication and talent were quickly recognised, leading him to receive 18 months of rigorous training in London at the Berkeley Hotel and various Michelin-starred restaurants.

Commenting on his appointment, Bonello expressed his enthusiasm for joining The Grand, York. “I am thrilled to be a part of the continued success of this iconic hotel and lead the culinary team to new heights. The Grand’s commitment to showcasing the best produce in the region, alongside the talented individuals already pushing the quality of food, really excites me.”

Simon Mahon, General Manager at The Grand, comments: “The Grand is becoming a destination for dining excellence, and Kevin’s appointment is the final piece of the puzzle. His addition to our already strong culinary team is putting The Grand on the map, not just in York, but to the wider UK food scene, and with Kevin’s previous Michelin Star, we have high hopes for his time at The Grand.”

The move comes as the hotel was recently named in the Sunday Times 100 Best Places to Work, recognising the hotel’s commitment to employee well-being and development. As part of Splendid Hospitality Group, owned by Shiraz and Nadeem Boghani, the hotel strives to be a leading employer in the industry.