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Tristan Welch Has Left Launceston Place [London]

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Sad news! I got an email today saying Tristan Welch has returned to Sweden with his family and Tim Allen has taken over as head chef. Only time will tell if this is good news or bad.

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  1. well here's hoping it'll have the same style and none of the 'white prawn foam' so beloved of whatley manor.

    1. By the by, whatever happened to Steve Groves who, I think, was the sous chef at Launceston when he won "Masterchef - the professionals" in 2009. Havnt heard mention of him since.

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      1. re: Harters

        I found this link, John, but it's old and doesn't shed much light on Groves's whereabouts these days.

        http://www.bighospitality.co.uk/Peopl...

        1. re: zuriga1

          Found him. Now sous chef at "Roux at Parliament Square". I wonder if a chance of a job working for Michel Roux was part of the Masterchef prize.

          1. re: Harters

            Good detective work! I don't know about working for Michel Roux as a prize, but there sometimes seems to be some sort of symbiotic relationship between Masterchef and well-known, top chefs of the UK!

            1. re: zuriga1

              Isn't Roux the judge on "professionals" and he often gives opportunity to emerging talent?

              1. re: PhilD

                Indeed he is, Phil. It's why I was wondering if the opportunity to work for him was tied in with the competition

                1. re: PhilD

                  Recently, on the regular Masterchef, quite a few 'names,' have been seen as providing experiences for the cooks and then judging their foods back in the show's kitchen. We've seen Tom Kitchin and Bruno Loubet among others... also the chef from L'Anima.

                  1. re: zuriga1

                    It was a good co-incidence to see Simon Rogan on the programme - we'd just been to L'Enclume.