Top chef leaves Resorts World after ‘ differences’
A Michelin- starred chef is to leave Resorts World after ‘ creative differences’.
Renowned Midland chef Andy Waters has run his eponymous restaurant at the entertainment venue near the NEC since it opened in 2015.
Mr Waters had most recently been working with Resorts World to prepare for the opening of a new rooftop bar and restaurant to replace the former Sky Bar. Sky By Waters is due to open on January 10.
Aaron Darnley, 29, who currently leads the kitchen team at Waters Restaurants, will become head chef at the new venue.
A Resorts World spokeswoman said: “In recent weeks, creative differences have emerged between Andy and the Resorts World management which has resulted in chef Waters leaving the business.
“The name of the new venue is under review at the moment. No decision has been made yet.”
Mr Waters left his successful restaurant Waters on the Square, in Chad Square, Edgbaston, after being invited to open a venue at Resorts World by owners the Genting Group.
The chef who trained at Halesowen Food College, has worked with French food icon Paul Bocuse, Jean Christophe Novelli and Andreas Antona from Simpsons restaurant. In 2002 he won a Michelin star at Edmunds in Henley in Arden. The restaurant moved to Brindleyplace in Birmingham in 2008.
Ian Bennett, operations director of Resorts World, said: “I want to pay tribute to Andy and his wife Beverley. For several decades Andy has been a pivotal component of the region’s restaurant scene.
“He has built up a reputation for creating food that is memorable and innovative. For the past three years Andy has created a restaurant here at Resorts World that has played a major part in putting Resorts World on the culinary map.
“We are very grateful to Andy and Beverley for what they have achieved here and their contribution to our success. We wish Andy and Beverley every good wish for their future.”
The new restaurant will cater for double the number of covers compared with the existing Waters restaurant and will have a private dining area, cocktail bar and ‘ secret garden’.
Genting Hotel guests will also be served breakfast from the new venue.
When the revamp was first announced, Mr Waters said: “I am looking forward, along with all of my Waters team, to be moving to this stunning new location within Resorts World.”
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will continue to oversee and direct the pastry team at Resorts World, who will also feature as part of the new rooftop venue. THE NEC’s Genting Arena, has been renamed the Resorts World Arena to align it with the neighbouring hotel and leisure complex, Resorts World.
The 15,700- capacity venue was known as the NEC Arena for years before a commercial deal with telecommunications firm LG saw it renamed the LG Arena in 2008 which was followed by a £ 29 million renovation project.
In January 2015, the venue began life as the Genting Arena after a ten- year deal was signed between the NEC Group and Genting UK, the casino and leisure group which developed and operates the Resorts World Birmingham complex.
Resorts World Arena is owned and operated by the NEC Group.
Phil Mead, chairman of NEC Group arenas and The Ticket Factory, said: “The alignment of the Resorts World brand to our world- class arena will serve both parties well in maximising branding opportunities.”
Andy Waters at the opening of his Resorts World restaurant