For years, celebrity chefs from the UK have graced our televisions screens. We’ve bought their cookbooks, watched their shows and eaten their food. We’ve welcomed the loveable family man, Jamie Oliver into our homes, been stunned by the brash nature of Gordon Ramsay and watched in awe at the culinary creations of Nigella. London is a hotspot for celebrity chef restaurants, but the question is whose food can you actually eat there? Here are our favourite celebrity chef restaurants in London.
Found in Chelsea, Gordon Ramsay’s flagship restaurant is lauded for its modern French cuisine. In 2001 it was awarded not one but three Michelin stars which it still retains today. Chef Patron Clare Smyth leads the team and is considered the first and only female chef to run a restaurant with this accolade in the UK. Restaurant Gordon Ramsay uses only the finest seasonal ingredients to create sumptuous dishes including suckling pig, confit lamb and roast pigeon.
The ultimate restaurateur, Jamie Oliver opened Fifteen in London back in 2002. The restaurant’s profile was significantly lifted, thanks to the popularity of the television series, Jamie’s Kitchen. The show broadcasted the highs and lows of launching Fifteen, along with Jamie’s unique apprentice program that strives to make chefs out of young, unemployed individuals. Today, the restaurant continues to operate as a non-profit restaurant and bar serving up elegant, rustic and honest food.
English chef and protégée of Gordon Ramsey, Angela Hartnett spends her time as Chef Patron at Murano. Found in the heart of Mayfair, this Michelin-starred restaurant specialises in authentic Italian cooking with a regional Italian wine list. Angela gained fame by her appearances on British television and she has also authored two cookbooks. The food at Murano is influenced by Angela’s Italian grandmother and aunts, with seasonal Italian dishes and a deliberately informal atmosphere.
Former MasterChef contestant, Marianne Lumb is the proud owner of Marianne, London’s smallest fine-dining restaurant. After working as a private chef all over the world, Marianne opened her restaurant in Notting Hill back in 2013. The menu is constantly evolving but you can expect to find dishes crafted from the most beautiful, seasonal produce. You will also enjoy an incredibly intimate experience with the restaurant seating just 14 people.
If you want a dinner to remember, look no further than Dinner by Heston Blumenthal. Here you will see, touch and taste the unique creations of Heston himself. Centred around Heston’s fascination with historic gastronomy, the restaurant’s interior is contemporary yet mindful of traditional. Floor-to-ceiling glass walls give diners a view of the kitchen and its unique pulley system that rotates the spit on an open fire. The menu is clouded in mystery so arrive prepared for anything.
Aussie celebrity chef Bill Granger doesn’t hail from the UK (obviously) but his restaurant Granger & Co is the perfect place to visit if you are craving a taste of home. With lines out the door every Saturday, it seems Londoners have embraced Bill’s fresh and tasty Aussie cuisine, particularly his legendary breakfasts. Order from Bill’s Classics and you could sample his famous ricotta hotcakes with banana and honeycomb butter or sweet corn fritters with roast tomatoes, spinach and bacon.
British chef Yotam Ottolenghi is well known for his best-selling books, beloved TV series and gourmet delis but fans can also dine at his restaurant, NOPI in London. The Soho-based restaurant is decked out with white marble and brass furnishings with formal dining enjoyed upstairs and informal eats overlooking the NOPI kitchen downstairs. The menu changes constantly but signature dishes include courgette and manouri fritters and twice-cooked baby chicken.
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