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Ex-Salt Yard Top Chef Is the New Culinary Director for Expanding St. James’s Hotel

Ben Tish will be overseeing all food programs at The Stafford, including the development of new restaurants

Ben Tish is new Culinary Director at The Stafford London
The Stafford London

Ben Tish has been appointed new culinary director at St James’s hotel The Stafford London. Tish will be responsible for overseeing the brand’s entire food offering, which currently includes The Game Bird, The American Bar, and Wine Cellars, as well as the hotel’s private and in-room dining programs.

His new role comes after 11 years’ service as chef director at Salt Yard Group, where he drove the group’s development and the opening of renowned London venues including Dehesa, Ember Yard, and Opera Tavern.

Tish explained to Eater that his role is not strictly kitchen-focussed; The Stafford already has an established kitchen leadership team — former head chef Jozef Rogulski is set to take over the reigns as executive chef at The Game Bird following James Durrant’s resignation — and the culinary director role is one that will be more “directional” than operational, with a focus on “strategy and creativity.”

According to Tish, one major focus of the role will be the opening of The Stafford’s first external restaurant later this year, said to focus on Ben’s “signature style and love of European cuisine,” and reportedly slated for either a Mayfair or Soho address. Another key focus will be the refurbishment and regeneration of The American Bar, which Tish told The Caterer is set to become “more of a food destination” with a revamped menu expected to be in keeping with the modern British “comfort cooking” for which The Game Bird is known.

While Tish will retain his position as shareholder in Salt Yard Group along with other advisory roles, he clarified to Eater that his new position at The Stafford is to be his sole operational focus moving forward, and one he expects to keep him busy.

American Bar

Strand, , England WC2R 0EZ 020 7836 4343 Visit Website

Opera Tavern

23 Catherine Street, , England WC2B 5JS 020 7836 3680 Visit Website

The Game Bird

The Stafford London, 16-18 St James's Place, London , SW1A 1NJ Visit Website


25 Ganton Street , London , W1F 9BP Visit Website

Ember Yard

60-61 Berwick St, London, Greater London W1F 8SU +44 20 7439 8057 Visit Website

Salt Yard

54 Goodge Street, , England W1T 4NA 020 7637 0657 Visit Website