Gary Rhodes, the chef and entrepreneur, has ceased running a hotel restaurant in Christchurch in Dorset. Alex Aitken, former director of cuisine at Lime Wood in the New Forest, is to head up the kitchen of the 72-seat restaurant within the grounds of the Christchurch Harbour hotel, previously operated Rhodes. Rhodes South has reopened as The Jetty. It is the second Gary Rhodes restaurant in Christchurch to close within nine months. Kings Rhodes, a brasserie at the Kings Christchurch hotel, closed in November 2009 and has been replaced by Jacks restaurant, with head chef Gary Cooke at the helm. Rhodes originally opened the two restaurants in partnership with the Harbour Hotels Collection, the owner of the Christchurch Harbour and Kings Christchurch hotels, at the end of 2008. Mark Godfrey, managing director of the Harbour Hotels Group, said: "It has become clear that the era of the international celebrity chef doesn’t necessarily produce the best local food results, rather than a destination restaurant, we have elected for a much more local presence. “Every restaurant needs total focus and direction and we are delighted to have sourced well known and respected local chef Alex Aitken, formerly director of cuisine at Lime Wood in the New Forest." Christie & Co helped with the appointment of Aitken.