A CELEBRATED chef and Michelin recognised restaurant manager has joined retirement and care specialists, Aura Care Living, as its first ever hospitality director.

Arnaud Peccoux, 43, trained under international chef and restaurateur Alain Ducasse before taking his skills to the South of France to Monte Carlo, where he ran Rampoldi as well as set up Cipriani in Monaco, one of the most revered Italian restaurants in the area.

Alongside these achievements, he found time to look after an extremely well-known American actor, as his personal chef, as well as run pop-up restaurants at the International Cannes Film Festival.

A chance meeting with Aura CEO Linda Lloyd last year has brought his talent to the UK and specifically to the retirement and care industry, a sign of the intention of Aura Care to transform the sector.

French hospitality expert, Arnaud said: “We want to bring a five-star service to this industry.

“I want to introduce modern service, providing an all-day menu for our residents using fresh ingredients; we even have plans to grow the produce with the help of the residents on our sites.

“The ever-changing menu will offer dishes like puttanesca linguini, slow- cooked pork belly with cavolo nero, a warm Oriental duck salad, fresh lemon tart with berries, a crème brulee and so much more, I am extremely excited to get going!”

“This is a challenge I could not resist once I had spoken to Linda.

“I share her vision for revolutionising care.

“If you are used to high standards in your life, why should this change later in life.”