TOP chef Robert Thompson has become head chef of another high-class Isle of Wight hotel.
His appointment was confirmed amid increasing rumours that The George Hotel at Yarmouth is in the process of being sold to National Lottery boss Dianne Thompson.
Michelin starred chef Thompson said: "I’m honoured to be working on a new project at The George and to be able to continue my career on the Isle of Wight.
"There are exciting plans underway for both The George’s dining, and the hotel itself, which will be announced in more detail over the coming months."
It was nearly a year ago that Thompson, 31, left Ventnor’s Hambrough Hotel after being credited with playing a lead role in transforming the Island into a foodie destination during his five years there.
He now heads the kitchen of an hotel owned since the early 1990s by Jeremy Willcock and Dire Straits’ bassist John Illsley and their wives.
It was originally built in the 17th century as the home of Sir Robert Holmes, the Island’s governor.
Ms Thompson, 63, is due to retire next year after 15 years with the lottery. She already owns property in Yarmouth and has a portfolio of business interests.