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Chalk Restaurant appoints new executive chef

The critically-acclaimed chef has a longstanding career of working in the hospitality sector and was previously head chef at Bonhams Restaurant

Chalk Restaurant and Winston Estate have recently announced that Tom Kemble will join the team as executive chef, bringing his expertise to the West Sussex restaurant.

Kemble, formerly head chef at Bonhams Restaurant, has a longstanding career within the hospitality sector, having held different roles at World’s 50 Best Restaurants-honoured Hedone, The Pass and Swedish restaurant Fäviken. In his new role, Kemble will work alongside Chalk Head Chef Bradley Adams, who has been a part of the kitchen team since 2021. 

Chalk, located on the Wiston Estate’s North Farm winery site, is a 122-cover restaurant that opened in December 2021. The restaurant is a continuation of the work that the Winston Estate’s owners, the Goring family, have done to champion a sustainable approach to farming and food. The family wanted to embrace Sussex’s local resources, which is why Chalk offers a regularly changing menu that highlights the best seasonal and hyperlocal produce, with the majority of ingredients sourced from Wiston Estate and nearby farms. 

The menu offers meats sourced from the estate while fruits and vegetables are grown in the walled garden. Many of the wines offered are produced on the estate as well.

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Regarding the location, Chalk occupies a renovated 18th Century threshing barn with an alfresco courtyard that can host up to 60 people in the summer while a private dining room hosts 10 all year round. All the interiors have been designed by the daughter-in-law of the owners, the furniture has been handcrafted by artisanal workshops on the estate while local artists have painted the walls. 

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