Attridge was most recently executive chef at Gleneagles Hotel and Estate, where he held the role since August 2017, and played a key role in the extensive refurbishment of the hotel and development of the estate.
Prior to this, he held senior culinary positions with Baxter Storey and Shangri-La, across London, Abu Dhabi and Shanghai.
In his new role at Claridge’s, Attridge will oversee all culinary operations across the hotel, recently voted the best hotel in the UK at The World’s 50 Best Hotel 2023. This will include at the recently opened Claridge’s Restaurant.
“It is an honour to be joining the UK’s most prestigious and iconic hotel at such an exciting time. I look forward to working with the incredibly talented team as Claridge’s continues to step into the future whilst celebrating its timeless tradition,” he says.
“I hope to bring my passion and enthusiasm for quality, innovation, and a love for good food into this new role.”
He replaces Dmitri Magi, who announced in May that he would be leaving his role as culinary director in July having been executive chef at the hotel’s former restaurant Davies and Brook, led by chef Daniel Humm.
“Simon will undoubtedly bring the perfect balance of innovation and creativity, whilst being respectful of our distinguished heritage to ensure we continue to maintain Claridge’s position as one of the leading hotels in the world,” says Paul Jackson, general manager at Claridge’s.
“It is essential to constantly evolve and embrace change, whilst of course maintaining many of the traditional elements that make the hotel so special and much loved.”