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Head Chef Matthew WHITFIELD | The Terrace Restaurant

The Montagu Arms are excited to announce the appointment of new head chef Matthew Whitfield, who returns to the UK after working at one of the world’s top restaurants.

Matthew joined the award-winning Terrace restaurant in January 2019 fresh from the three-Michelin-Star Eleven Madison Park in New York – currently ranked fourth in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list.

The famed EMP has been in the top five of the world’s restaurants since 2016 and was the first American restaurant in 14 years to be named best restaurant in the world in 2017.

Matthew Whitfield, who worked at EMP under renowned chef Daniel Humm, has previously, worked for a succession of Michelin-starred restaurants, including the two-star Sea Grill in Belgium and the one-star Driftwood restaurant in Cornwall, where he was head chef.

“I am thrilled to be joining The Montagu Arms, and have great plans for the future,”


Originally from Southampton, Matthew, 30, is returning to the Montagu Arms six years after working there as head pastry chef.

“It is a dream to return to the Terrace". 

He champions modern British food, creating innovate, light dishes that reflect the natural flavours of fresh, seasonal ingredients.

Matthew is looking forward to building on the great work of his friend and former colleague, Matthew Tomkinson, who leaves The Montagu Arms after 10 years at the helm of the Terrace.

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