Tom and Michaela Kitchin will open the doors of new local restaurant KORA in Bruntsfield, Edinburgh this evening, ahead of an official launch on Saturday 2nd July.
The finishing touches are being made to the Bruntsfield restaurant and bar ahead of doors opening and the team behind The Kitchin, The Scran & Scallie and Gullane’s, The Bonnie Badger, have announced a quartet of appointments including internal promotions, as well as some new team members.
Head Chef James Chapman has been with Kitchin Group for more than 8 years. He will lead the brigade of chefs at KORA, working closely with Tom himself and Chef Director Dominic Jack, on a creative menu that will present a seasonal selection of local Scottish meat and fish dishes, alongside a wide array of plant-based options – all evoking modern Scottish cooking with accents of global flavours.
The front-of-house team will be led by General Manager Greig Munro, who brings a wealth of experience in hospitality operations and management. Greig will be supported by Assistant Manager, Sophie Copland who joins the team from Kitchin’s gastropub The Scran & Scallie. Completing the management quartet will be Bar Manager Kevin Stuart, who will lead the bar team to present a selection of seasonal cocktails, a wealth of wines and an enviable selection of beers and ales from leading Scottish breweries.
Commenting on the new team, Chef Tom Kitchin said; “KORA is a fresh, inspiring concept and we’re excited to open soon. We have a first-class team, ready to lead a new kind of restaurant and bar that puts local talent, local suppliers, and local produce centre-stage.
“We’re really proud to be able to give some of our existing team members fresh challenges. The hospitality industry offers incredible opportunities for talented and passionate people and it is exciting to see our team grow and establish themselves. We’re pleased to also welcome some new faces who have spent time at our other venues immersing themselves in our ‘From Nature to Plate’ philosophy and commitment to excellence. The team looks forward to opening our doors with a warm welcome on 2nd July.”
The name KORA, known in Greek mythology as the ‘Goddess of flowers, vegetation and spring’, symbolises Chef Tom Kitchin’s deep-rooted passion for working with the seasons. The name is also a tribute to new beginnings, the significance of nature, and using only the freshest produce available, aligned with Chef Kitchin’s ‘From Nature to Plate’ ethos.