Blas Restaurant, located at award winning contemporary art hotel, Twr y Felin, has appointed Gareth Evans as Development Chef, in response to the continued success of the luxury hotel group, located in and around Britain’s smallest city, St Davids, Pembrokeshire.

Gareth has been ‘snapped up’ to aid the 36% increase in bed stock at Twr y Felin Hotel with 20 new rooms opening in Spring 2021, and expansion of Blas Restaurant, Cornel Terrace and Oriel Bar. Gareth comes from a two Michelin star background and was most recently Senior Sous Chef in Heston Blumenthal’s Restaurant Dinner, in London.

Born and bred in Pembrokeshire, he has returned to settle with his young family in the place that he grew up and where he developed his first love of fine dining. As a finalist in Welsh Junior Chef of the Year in 2006, he went on to work at one Michelin star restaurants, Maze Gordon Ramsay and Pollen Street Social, before progressing to two Michelin star, Dinner By Heston Blumenthal.

Gareth Evans, Development Chef said, “I am delighted to take on this new role which has been created to utilise my experience and ability. After many years of working at some of London’s top restaurants, I feel privileged to be able to return to Pembrokeshire and take on a position that will challenge me in a different way and to be a part of an expanding business that wants to enhance Wales’ reputation as a place for excellent food.”

Gareth will support Head Chef Sammy Owen, who has established Blas as one of Pembrokeshire’s leading fine dining restaurants with his art on a plate ethos and love of fresh, seasonal and local produce.

Gareth will assist Sammy in overseeing the entire food offer across the Retreats Group – which operates former windmill Twr y Felin, 12th century Roch Castle and 19th century priory, Penrhiw, with a particular mission to create themed dinner events at Roch Castle.

Paula Ellis, Group General Manager of the three properties said, “I am thrilled to welcome Gareth to the team, and back to his beloved North Pembrokeshire. Gareth’s return to the area is so timely, as our success to date has brought us to a pivotal point in the business where we need to grow our kitchen team to ensure that we continue to offer one of Wales’ leading fine dining experiences.”