Nick Molyviatis is to leave his role as head chef at Soho restaurant Kiln, which was named “Britain’s best restaurant” by the National Restaurant Awards.
The Greek chef is set to return to his hometown of Athens after 17 years working in London. Under his stewardship, Kiln has been awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand along with honours at the National Restaurant Awards.
Kiln founder, Ben Chapman, said: “We’ve all been working away on a relaxed pace handover for a while. The change comes at a relatively good time for us, as I have more cooking time now Smoking Goat and Brat [other ventures of Chapman’s] are properly open and the sous chefs and team generally is very settled and focussed on the good stuff.”
Chapman said Molyviatis was “a hugely enjoyable person to cook with” and described his replacement Meedu Saad as “one of the most talented and gifted chefs I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with”, adding that “he innately understands how precious the quality of flavour of good native produce is and has a fundamental respect for learning the traditions of cooking”.