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Park Lane steps it up in the culinary stakes

Published:  23 July, 2008

London's Park Lane is to gain three top chefs, bringing the level of the street's dining in line with the wealth of its residents and hotel guests.

Richard Corrigan is to move to Grosvenor House after its long-awaited multi-million pound revamp by owner Marriott. The hotel has struggled to replace its three-star Chez Nico restaurant, but after over a year of talks in which Heston Blumenthal and Shaun Osborne of Pied Terre were considered, Corrigan will run a high-end dining room and brasserie.

Tom Aiken protge Aiden Byrne is the latest to head the Dorchester's Grill Room, moving from Danesfield House hotel, near Marlow in Buckinghamshire, and the River Caf's former head chef Theo Randall is to open at the InterContinental hotel in November after a 60 million refurb, with his trademark rustic Italian cooking. A source at the Dorchester said Alain Ducasse is also to become involved in the hotel, although it is unclear whether he will head up a new venture there, or take over from Henri Brosi as executive head chef.

These chefs join the Galvin brothers, recently installed at the Hilton's Windows restaurant, and Mark Edwards' Nobu at the Metropolitan.

Jason McAuliffe, head sommelier at the Dorchester Grill Room, reckoned that: Americans will love this as now they can eat their way all down the street - and in fact they probably will'.