Necker Island appoints Simon Dyer as Head Chef

22nd January 2019

Necker Island, Sir Richard Branson’s private island in the British Virgin Islands, is delighted to announce the appointment of Simon Dyer as Head Chef.

Originally from Northampton in the UK, Michelin-star-trained Simon has over 15 years’ experience in fine dining restaurants. His career began as Demi Chef de Partie for Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s, and within 5 years he worked his way through the kitchen to Senior Sous Chef. Before moving to Necker Island, he held roles including Head Chef at Rocksalt, interim Head Chef at the iconic Savoy Grill and Senior Sous Chef at Petrus.

In 2016, Simon was a contestant on BBC’s Masterchef: The Professionals. He is a passionate advocate for the hospitality industry and for the past two years has been a judge at the Carlsberg Northampton Food and Drink Awards.

In his new role Simon is responsible for creating personalised menus for Necker Island’s guests. He also heads up the sustainable sourcing efforts across the kitchens and working with suppliers in the BVI to showcase as much local, seasonal produce as possible.

Necker Island can be booked exclusively throughout the year for up to 30 guests, and individual rooms can be booked during a select number of Celebration Weeks. Please contact reservations for more information on 0800 716 919 (toll free) or +44 (0) 208 600 0430.

For further information please contact:

Charlotte Dollin / Tel: +44 (0) 208 600 0468
Alice Cottingham / Tel: +44 (0) 208 600 0472

Notes to Editors:

Virgin Limited Edition is an award-winning collection of unique retreats, chosen for their beautiful locations and magnificent surroundings; each offers a sense of fun, style, luxury and exceptional personal service. The group includes Necker Island in the Caribbean’s British Virgin Islands, Ulusaba Private Game Reserve in South Africa, Kasbah Tamadot in Morocco, The Lodge in Verbier, Mahali Mzuri, a tented safari camp in Kenya, Mont Rochelle Hotel and Mountain Vineyard in South Africa, and the Son Bunyola Estate in Mallorca.
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