Kim Woodward has been appointed Head Chef of Gordon Ramsay Group’s SavoyGrill. She returns to the kitchen where she helped spearhead its success during the 2010 re-launch.
Recruited from within the Gordon Ramsay Group, Kim has spent the past three years as Head Chef of the York & Albany. Cheshire-born Kim brings a wealth of experience to her new role in the iconic kitchen on the Strand, where revolutionary chef Auguste Escoffier once commanded the pass in the 1890s.
Kim spent a number of years post-college in the United States, earning her chef whites and honing her skills in some of America’s top restaurants. In 2007, she returned home to the UK where she joined the Gordon Ramsay Group as Junior Sous Chef at Boxwood Café. She later joined Plane Food and then was part of the successful opening team of the Savoy Grill under Executive Chef Stuart Gillies – now Managing Director of the Group. Kim took the spotlight on the small screen during the 2011 series of Masterchef: The Professionals, showcasing her talent and determination by reaching the semi-finals of the competitive cookery show.
While Kim has been based at the York & Albany since 2012, she has also consulted on various projects and demos for the group including travelling to Sardinia for Gordon Ramsay at Fortevillage and Gordon Ramsay at Castel Monastero in Tuscany.
Thomas Sorcinelli was born in Corinaldo in the Marche region on Italy’s Adriatic coast. Influenced by the area’s tourist industry, Thomas left school to study for the Hospitality Management Diploma at college. On graduation, he pursued his career in fine dining and accepted the position of Waiter at the Michelin starred restaurant Symposium. Thomas then trained as a Sommelier and and moved to London in 2002, working at Assaggi in Notting Hill. He furthered his training as a Sommelier and was promoted to Assistant Manager at Assaggi, while the restaurant was awarded a Michelin star in 2005.
Two years were to follow at Alloro in St James’s and Harvey Nichols Fifth Floor in Knightsbridge, before he joined the internationally renowned hotel, The Ritz London on Piccadilly, as Head Sommelier. He continued with his studies in the wine industry achieving an award to the Court of Master Sommelier as a Certified Sommelier, and as a Certified Pauillac Tester by Baron Phillipe de Rothschild in Bordeaux. He was instrumental in launching The Cigar Shop into the hotel and created a bespoke House Red Wine exclusive to The Ritz with Chateau Mouton Rothschild. A brief period followed in 2012 as General Manager at the Individual Restaurant Company with the launch and management of the company’s flagship, Piccolino’s in Heddon Street in Mayfair, before a return to his beloved fine dining. Thomas joined the Gordon Ramsay Group in July 2013 as General Manager of The Savoy Grill.
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