With over 10 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, Lawton has worked within leading UK hotels and restaurants, including head chef positions at the five star Macdonald Randolph Hotel in Oxford, the two AA Rosette The Leconfield Restaurant in Chichester, the two AA Rosette The Mandolay Hotel in Guildford and the AA Rosette Casa Hotel in Farnborough.
La Belle Époque serves gourmet French cuisine with an Asian twist and is the only three AA rosette winning restaurant in Hounslow. The restaurant also boasts two private dining options: the Chef’s Table which can accommodate 10 guests and the Salon Privé accommodating up to 20 guests.
Ryan Nicholls, general manager at Sofitel London Heathrow, said: “We are delighted that Mark will be taking the reins of our three AA Rosette La Belle Époque. Mark’s impressive background, technical skill, energetic approach and unique flair fits well within the La Belle Époque atmosphere, and we are sure that he will further enhance the La Belle Époque offering and build upon the foundation that Mayur Nagarale has set for the restaurant so far.”
Lawton added: “I am thrilled to be joining the team at La Belle Époque. I’ve admired the restaurant for some time for its award-winning cuisine and the team’s unique cooking methods. I look forward to bringing my passion for locally-sourced British produce and modern cooking to the table to create innovative dishes and continue delivering exceptional experiences for guests.”