AN AWARD-WINNING boutique bed and breakfast business on the Isle of Wight has announced the appointment of a new executive chef.

Matthew Tomkinson has officially joined The Hambrough team, based in Ventnor.

He comes with 14 years’ experience working in Michelin-starred restaurants, having won the coveted accolade twice.

The Hambrough Group said Matthew will elevate its existing reputation as one of the key destinations on the Island’s culinary map.

The appointment, which coincided with the re-opening of the hospitality sector, means The Hambrough is anticipating an exceptionally busy summer with their new chef at the helm.

Isle of Wight County Press: Matthew Tomkinson.

He brings with him a wealth of experience. After gaining a degree in hospitality management at Birmingham City University, he realised his real passion was in the kitchen.

He worked his way up through the ranks before winning the prestigious Roux Scholarship in 2005.

This resulted in a placement at the triple Michelin-starred Les Prés d’Eugénie in Landes, France.

After winning a Michelin star in his own right at The Goose in Britwell Salome, Oxfordshire, he went on to become head chef at the highly acclaimed Montagu Arms in Beaulieu, just across the Solent.

There, he won a Michelin star for the second time, holding it for eight years.

“I'm thrilled to take on this role," said Matthew.

"Particularly as it will give me the chance to work closely with local suppliers, showcasing the abundance of fine, seasonal produce available on the Island.

"I’ve already been fortunate to use some of the Island’s home-grown ingredients in my professional career.

"I’m extremely excited to expand upon this experience at The Hambrough.”

Matthew is keen to interview candidates from across the Island to build up his kitchen brigade and front of house team.

The Hambrough restaurant will be re-opening on May 17.