Scott Charlesworth, the former managing director of Caffe Uno, is understood to be advising on the development and launch of the Cleaver, the new concept from Prezzo.

The Jonathan Kaye-led group is set to trial the new casual dining concept called at its Cobham site later this summer.

The Restaurant Group sold the then 58-strong Caffé Uno to Paramount Restaurants for £33m in November 2005. Over the last few years, Prezzo has picked up a number of former Paramount sites, including several Caffe Uno units.

It currently operates two sites under the brand in Essex, in Braintree and Brentwood.

Prezzo is currently converting the former Brasserie Gerard site in Cobham to the new meat-led format, which will serve the “freshest food in a theatre style kitchen, with the entire cooking process taking place in front of the guests”.

It is thought that the format is being developed with an eye on becoming a third rollout brand for the group, which operates its eponymous brand and Mexican brand Chimichanga.