Kol appoints former Eleven Madison Park chef Rey Lopez

Rey Lopez has been appointed head chef at Michelin-starred London restaurant Kol.

He's now part of the team at the Mexican fine dining restaurant, where he'll be cooking alongside chef patron Santiago Lastra.

Lopez previously served as sous chef at Daniel Humm's three-Michelin-starred New York restaurant Eleven Madison Park, where he played a key role in its relaunch as a vegan concept in June 2021.

In a statement announcing Lopez's appointment, it was highlighted that the chef's upbringing surrounded by Mexican traditions and culture would inform his leadership of the kitchen team at Kol, leveraging his deep understanding of the cuisine's flavours.

'Santiago's perspective on celebrating Mexico through British ingredients is such a unique concept for the cuisine, and I'm looking forward to working with him,' said Lopez.

Lastra launched Kol in 2020 following several years of development and the restaurant won its first Michelin star in 2022.

Lastra said: 'I am very excited to welcome Rey to the team. His background, ethos and experience make him the perfect fit for Kol. We can't wait to see what we can accomplish together.'