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Blunos said customers at the new restaurant will expect to see his influence but that does not mean he will be at the stoves 24/7.

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Helena Hogarth said Blunos's recruitment would raise the bar for dining in the area. The appointment coincides with the creation of 32 new bedrooms at the hotel.

"Because in truth I can't do it for five days on the trot, doing those kind of hours with that pressure of service. I become a bit of a babbling wreck. It's like a hangover. Back in the day, I could shake it off in a couple of hours. Now it's like three days before you can look at a pint."

on with the concept of the restaurant in particular, and with him on board we want to establish Hogarths as a real destination for food.".

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The new brasserie is called Bar8 Brasserie, so named because the Hogarths have owned the hotel for eight years. However, Blunos concedes the new "aspirational" restaurant, due to open in the summer, is the part of the project that "really rocks my boat."

"They have all got Michelin stars in their own right. They are all different. So you don't need to follow any formula. As long as you are happy in your self and you put your love into it I think things should happen," said Blunos.

Blunos said there is no need to follow a Michelin "fine dining" template to win recognition. "You don't need to now. Look at the variation from a curry house to a pub to a hotel to Le Manoir aux Quat' Saison.

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Asked if he would push to land Solihull's first Michelin star, Blunos said: "If you are doing what you do and it's good then things should come. And I am not scared of that because I've seen it, done it, got the T shirt. So I will be happy in my skin and do what I do. I think if you cook from your heart, it does show. If you are doing it because you are striving to want to get an accolade then you are doing it for the wrong reason. And there are a lot of young guys out there doing that and the food becomes quite soulless."

Blunos's appointment as culinary director of the hotel's new brasserie and soon to open upscale restaurant represents a major coup for owners Helena and Andy Hogarth, who have invested 4 Balenciaga Belt million in the hotel.

´╗┐Michelin star chef Martin Blunos heads to West Midlands

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Blunos, aged 51, who is married with three children, will continue to live at his family home in Bath ("It's not a million miles away," he says) but insists he will be hands on at Hogarths. Executive chef Simon Douglas continues in his post.

He added: "This is a young man's game, for sure. I get more from it now by inspiring and teaching rather being at the coal Balenciaga Edge City

Blunos told the Post he first met the Hogarths a year and a half ago and was impressed by their plans for the hotel and the fact that the business was not hamstrung by a stifling corporate management structure. If something needs doing, it gets done, he says.

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said: "There's a lot to be said for water baths and the abusing of them. There's a lot to be said for foams. And hot jelly. What's that all about? Jelly that doesn't melt when it gets hot. What's it do in your stomach?"

Blunos said his role will allow him to fulfil commitments at cookery events and shows, which he says will generate business and good PR for Hogarths. "So I was away last week for four days. Now I am here for seven or eight," said Blunos. "When I am here, it is pretty intense, and when I'm not the machine still runs."

Mrs Hogarth said: "We were introduced to Martin through a mutual friend and had several meetings with him during the design and build of the new brasserie and restaurant. He has been very hands Bottega Veneta Intrecciato Convertible Tote

He said the restaurant, which is likely to have the Blunos name attached to it, will be small and intimate with only 18 22 covers. There will be a "window" into the kitchen, where the chefs will be seen, but not heard, by diners.

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"It's not the be all and end all because I think that if you push too much for it, it won't come. Someone once said to me if you try and make money you can't, but if you just enjoy doing what you're doing then the money will come. It's a bit like that with accolades."

Diners should also not expect plates loaded with pea shoots and micro herbs either.

The chef talks enthusiastically about his scrambled duck eggs with caviar and blini inspired by his Latvian parents and classic stuffed pigs trotters la Pierre Koffmann.

A top chef famous for his own take on boiled egg and soldiers says he hopes to put Solihull on the culinary map.

Blunos will be assisted in the restaurant by James Bennett, who worked with him at Lettonie's two incarnations. Referring to his stand out cooking at Lettonie, the chefs said he will "do what I was doing before, embracing a bit of modern technology."

The chef, hailed as one of the country's leading chefs when he won critical acclaim at Lettonie in Bristol and then in Bath, has a host of television credits to his name including Channel 4's Iron Chef UK, MasterChef Australia and Channel 4's Cookery School.

His boiled egg and soldiers is not what it seems and is in fact a pre dessert (for egg yolk think mango, for soldiers think shortbread).

The restaurant is set to offer five, seven and nine course tasting menus, and do not be surprised to see a reprise of some of Blunos's trademark dishes.

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Traditionally known as a popular conference and wedding venue, the Hogarths hope Blunos, a familiar face on TV with his walrus moustache and blond hair, will win the venue, set in 30 acres of grounds, a stellar reputation for food.

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Martin Blunos, whose culinary pyrotechnics won him two Michelin stars, has taken over the kitchens at the privately owned Hogarths Hotel in Dorridge.

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