Leslie has spent the last two and a half years at The Black Swan as senior sous chef.
Prior to joining The Black Swan, he spent a year and a half at UK chef Sat Bains’ two Michelin-starred restaurants with rooms, Restaurant Sat Bains.
He said: “I’m thrilled to have taken on the role as head chef at The Black Swan. Tommy has been a great mentor to me and I love working closely with him in the kitchen as well as the rest of the team. I’m in awe of what he and his family have set up here in Oldstead – it’s a true reflection of everything our region has to offer.
“We have some brilliant new dishes on the menu, and others that are in the development phase. I’ve particularly loved creating our new partridge dish, it has taken some time and real creativity to refine it to the end result but it has been a joy working with the locally-shot bird and pairing it with produce from the Oldstead farm.”