Alastair Gordon has been appointed managing director of New Orleans-inspired chicken concept Chiktopia, MCA has learnt.

Gordon, formerly operations director at Danish bakery Ole & Steen, will head up the new concept, devised by Dan Einzig, founder and chief executive of Mystery, the hospitality concept creation agency, with a first site under offer and tentatively planned for May.

Chiktopia is backed by a number of leading industry figures, including Ashton Crosby, former investment director of True Capital and non-executive director of City Pantry; Mark Lilley, chief executive of Abokado; and James Hacon, managing director of Think Hospitality and formerly of Thai Leisure Group, as reported by MCA last June.

A spokesperson for Chiktopia said the team were delighted to welcome Gordon on board and were looking forward to the wealth of experience he would bring from his period launching and growing Ole & Steen in the UK, and prior to that at Jamie’s Italian and other leading restaurant concepts.

Commenting on his appointment, Gordon told MCA: “When Mark and Dan described their fresh and exciting vision for Chiktopia, I knew immediately I wanted to get involved.

“From the minute I met the team the energy has been infectious and the focus has been on all the right things, a delicious product, a great guest experience and working with the best people.

“We know there is a lot of hard work ahead and everyone is focused on getting every detail and recipe perfect for our first site. We cannot wait to open the doors.”