Watching a great chef being recognised by a great institution is as satisfying as relishing one of the that chef’s own creations. I’ve been savoring the inventive combinations and easy atmosphere of the two Michelin starred L’Enclume in England’s Lake District as often as time will allow, and now that restaurant’s visionary leader, Simon Rogan is coming to London. And not just anywhere, but taking over from Gordon Ramsey at the iconic Claridge’s hotel flagship restaurant.
Simon has had experience in London before, and his pop-up Roganic was a great adventure, and he has two more properties in the Lake District - The Pig & Whistle and Rogan & Co.
This is a great move for Simon, and an even greater move for Claridge’s. Marrying locally sourced products and innovative cooking technique makes Simon’s approach fully satisfying, and he is blessed with the touch of transporting magic that only the best chefs can conjure. Claridge’s remain one of the great British institutions, and congratulations to both on taking this opportunity.
This is as good as it gets: impeccable heritage, and clever and charming holistic creativity. Londoners and visitors to London will be able to (try to) book for spring 2014. I'll be there as soon as I can.