The Grand in Eastbourne has appointed a new executive head chef to oversee all dining across the five-star seaside hotel.
Hrvoje Loncarevic returns to The Grand, where he started his career at the age of 20 as junior chef in the hotel’s two AA Rosette Mirabelle Restaurant.
As well as spending more than 10 years of his early career working at The Grand and its sister hotel, Ashdown Park Hotel and Country Club, Loncarevic has extensive banqueting experience as head chef at the Amex Stadium.
In his role at The Grand, Loncarevic will be responsible for the hotel’s Garden Restaurant, lounge dining menus and conference and banqueting catering. He will also oversee the Mirabelle Restaurant, working closely with Mirabelle head chef Stephanie Malvoisin.
Loncarevic said: “I’m really excited to be returning to The Grand; I’ve got so many memories of the hotel, I got married here and my kids have always referred to it as ‘Daddy’s House’ whenever we drive past.
“After I left the Elite Hotel Group to gain wider experience, I promised my wife I would be back at The Grand as executive head chef by the age of 40 – I’ve managed it by 38 so I’m ahead of schedule.”
Graeme Bateman, managing director of the Elite Hotel Group said: “I am delighted to welcome Hrvoje back to the Elite fold – he is a fantastically talented chef, evidenced by the 30-plus competitions he has entered and won or placed, and his passion for The Grand is clear for all to see.
“Since joining the team just a couple of months ago Hrvoje has already launched a new menu for casual lounge dining, room service, weddings and conference and banqueting menus – he has thrown himself into the role and his energy knows no bounds.”