To celebrate International Women’s Day this year; here are a few of the incredible women who are taking the helm in some of the most exciting new openings in London this year.
In an industry that is still very male dominated, we are thrilled to see these passionate and exceptional chefs open their own restaurants in the culinary capital of the world. Some of these restaurants have already opened and received praise and positive critic, we are confident the others will be as spectacular thanks to the head chefs and their teams. Don’t just take our word for it, go and check them out!
1. Ann-Sophie Pic at La Dame de Pic, Four Seasons Hotel – Ten Trinity Square
Triple-Michelin-starred French chef Anne-Sophie Pic is heading up the kitchen of the highly anticipated culinary landmark in London’s new Four Seasons Hotel at Ten Trinity Square. La Dame de Pic is the first UK restaurant for Anne-Sophie Pic. Cooking is in her blood, with three previous generations having achieved Michelin star status, despite this she has received no formal training. She is the definition of an incredible women, having written nine cookbooks and was named World’s Best Female Chef by the World’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2011.
2. Monica Galetti at Mere, Charlotte’s Street
Monica Galetti is about to open her own restaurant called Mere in Fitzrovia. Mere, the French for mother and the Samoan for Mary; the restaurant is named after her mother. She started within a junior role and worked her way up at Le Gavroche, Michel Roux Jr’s two star Michelin restaurant. You may recognise her from MasterChef: The Professionals for which she was a judge. Mere isn’t only about the food as it is a joint project with her sommelier husband, David Galetti, so expect some fantastic wines. With 12 years’ experience we are confident Mere will soon become one of Fitzrovia’s culinary highlights.
3. Martha Ortiz at Ella Canta, Intercontinental on Park Lane
Martha Ortiz is well known for her expertise in Mexican food with a modern twist, lucky for us she is opening a restaurant in London called Ella Canta. Ella Canta, which is to open in June 2017, is to be part of the Intercontinental on Park Lane. She was the chef patron of award-winning Dulce Patria in Mexico City, and has written eight cookbooks. Martha Ortiz has said Ella Canta will capture the beauty and vibrancy of Mexico, for her each of the dishes tells a story with their flavours and presentation. The restaurant has been designed by David Collins Studio, capturing the spirit and identity of Mexico with a modern edge.
4. Helena Puolakka at Aster, Victoria
Helena Puolakka named Executive Chef in the latest of restaurant group D&D restaurants. Aster opened only a month ago, in Victoria, the space designed by incredibly talented Russell Sage Studios. Helena Puolakka has created a delicious menu of Nordic delicacies, inspired by her Finnish roots, she wants the restaurant to conjure a sense of belonging and harmony. Having previously worked for D&D restaurants at Skylon; Helena Puolakka more than lives up to the high standard set by the group. Previously, she has worked at La Tante Claire, Pierre Koffmann’s three-Michelin-starred restaurant and, for Pierre Gagnaire’s three-Michelin-starred restaurant at Hotel Balzac in Paris. Helena Puolakka hard work has paid off, as Aster is considered a celebrated success.
Top tip: For International Women’s Day: Aster will be putting on a Nordic Tea to celebrate.
5. Hélène Darroze, The Connaught Hotel
At the Connaught, one of the most respected hotels in the heart of Mayfair, you will find Hélène Darroze’s two Michelin-starred restaurant. As well as her incredible work at the Connaught, Helene also runs her own restaurant in Paris. She is the maternal head of the Connaught; viewing each of the guests as family and serving them food inspired by her own memories. Not only maternal in the kitchen, she reflects that one of her greatest achievements has been motherhood, having adopted her two daughters from Vietnam from the age of 40. She is an inspiration to women around the world demonstrating how dreams can be achieved. Hélène Darroze is an incredibly talented chef who comes from a family of culinary talents. Helene has been named the Veuve Clicquot World’s Best Female Chef; a far cry from her start washing lettuce at Alain Ducasse’s restaurant Louis XV.
Today, lets toast to them. If you’re interested to hear more about these restaurants or to book private dining, please do get in touch.BACK TO OUR JOURNAL