Dan Fletcher has been appointed head chef at 28 Market Place, the upcoming restaurant from former Soho House director Ben Crofton, opening in Somerset this autumn.
In his role, Fletcher will create the restaurant’s modern British-European menu, with a focus on Somerset produce.
His previous experience in restaurant kitchens includes The Kitchin in Edinburgh, The Black Swan in Oldstead and Fenchurch at Sky Garden in London. He was also a finalist of the 13th series of Great British Menu in 2018.
28 Market Place will comprise a group of Grade II listed buildings, currently undergoing restoration, in Somerton, Somerset. Alongside the restaurant will be a bakery, ice cream shop and wine shop.
It is the first solo project from Crofton and his wife Vanessa, with additional funding from Adam Norris of Glastonbury-based Horatio Investments.
“We’re really excited that Dan is joining our team and taking the helm of the kitchen at 28 Market Place,” says Crofton. “Vanessa and I now live in Somerset, and this project is really close to our hearts, so we wanted to make sure whichever chef we chose would be able to bring great local produce to the forefront of everything we do at the restaurant.
“As soon as we met Dan we knew he was the ideal choice. He’s so passionate about letting the ingredients sing and is so creative in his execution of the dishes he produces. With his extensive Michelin experience and precision in his cooking, I know he’s going to make a real impact when we open the doors at 28 Market Place later in the year.”