The Cornwall Hotel & Spa has welcomed a new head chef.

Kai Taylor, who joins the team following a move from Gloucestershire, earned his first head chef position at just 21, achieving five AA rosettes in his first two years.

He went on to hold the title of executive chef at hotels including The Bristol and Stanton Manor and most recently helped launch the Stables Restaurant in Chipping Sodbury.

“I would describe my cooking style as honest, simple and natural,” he said. “I love working with smaller, artisan food producers and the mutual-respect with these food heroes is what motivates me in the kitchen. My family and I decided to move down to Cornwall after falling in love with the approach to life here and I’m really excited to be translating this laid-back lifestyle, coupled with the finest local Cornish produce, to the menus at The Cornwall Hotel.”

“We’re delighted to have Kai on board,” added general manager Rebecca Coonan. “Having honed his skills abroad and with some fantastic establishments and experience under his belt he’s a great addition to the team. His style of cooking is a perfect match for the hotel’s dining ethos, which is first and foremost relaxed, inviting and sociable.”