Steve Poyner appointed head chef at Cary Arms & Spa

Amy Horsfield By Amy Horsfield
25 January 2019 | Updated 25 January 2019

UK: Cary Arms & Spa has announced the appointment of Steve Poyner to the role of head chef.

Devon local, Steve Poyner, was born in Torquay in 1991 and after graduating from South Devon College, joined the kitchen of the Cary Arms & Spa when it reopened after an extensive refurbishment by Peter and Lana de Savary in 2009. In 2010 he went to work at de Savary's Oxfordshire hotel, The Old Swan and Minster Mill, where he was promoted after eight months. Four years later he returned to the Cary Arms & Spa as sous chef.

General manager David Adams, said: "Steve was the obvious choice for head chef and having had the pleasure of tasting his dishes over the years I am personally genuinely excited about him making the step up, he is a truly valued member of the team. His inherent love for his work alongside the knowledge he holds of local produce, being Devon born and bred, gives him the ability to extract the most delicate of flavours from the best of the area's natural provisions. We are delighted to have him heading up our strong kitchen team and look forward to seeing the menu develop under his leadership."

The menu's specials board changes daily reflecting Devon coast and Devon country in equal measure. It includes Devon beef, Lyme Bay lobster and line caught seafood. 

Steve Poyner said: "I am ready to take on the challenge and become the head chef the Cary Arms & Spa. People find it strange for a chef to work for a company over such a length of time but when you work in the perfect environment, cook with the most amazing local produce and surround yourself with a talented and passionate team, why wouldn't you? I'm looking forward to the future and to showcasing some new ideas and menus at the already highly acclaimed Cary Arms & Spa."


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