Simon Ayres, the talented chef whose cuisine helped Sheffield’s backwater gastro pub the Milestone win nationwide acclaim from celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay has departed.
It’s been hush-hush, but it’s an amicable decision, say owners Marc Sheldon and Matt Bigland, who snapped up their second dining pub, the Wig and Pen on Campo Lane, on the back of winning Ramsay’s Best British Restaurant in 2010,
Ayres’ innovative take on British fayre, often utilising old-fashioned cheap cuts and an abundance of local produce, won Ramsay’s approval and pulled in London diners.
“Simon wants to spread his wings. Everyone here wishes him every success in his future endeavours,” says Marc Sheldon. “He was integral to the development of our reputation and to helping The Milestone put Sheffield on the map as a food destination. He built a great team and worked with us to nurture new talent and tutor traditional chef skills.”
A member of the Milestone team for four years, Ayres was made Head Chef at the Wig & Pen and then Executive Chef last year. New Wig & Pen chef Tony Parker has been leading on the menus for some time and James Wallace continues as head chef at The Milestone.
“Diners can expect the same quality and creative approach, says Sheldon.