Female chefs at the forefront.
While restaurant kitchens are still far from being gender neutral, the team at Woods Foodservice is excited to see the gender gap closing somewhat with this year’s launch of some fantastic new restaurants in the capital that are headed up by top female chefs.
Female chefs are set to make a major impact on the London food scene with some of 2017’s biggest launches. Ex Le Gavroche chef and Masterchef Judge Monica Galetti recently opened her first restaurant ‘Mere’ on Charlotte Street, which is a two-level affair, with a ground floor bar for 20 and a basement restaurant for 60 more. The name for the restaurant comes from the french word for mother and the Samoan word for Mary – the name of Galetti’s mother. Her menu is highly seasonal with influences from French cuisine and her native Samoa.
Some of London’s most exciting new restaurants
Top Mexican chef Martha Ortiz is also opening in the capital, continuing with London’s love affair with Mexican cuisine. Ella Canta, a new restaurant that promises to deliver the beauty, vibrancy and spirit of modern Mexico to London is located at The InterContinental Hotel in Park Lane. Ella Canta, takes its name from the Spanish for “she sings”, a phrase that symbolises the expressiveness, passion, pride, and femininity communicated through Martha’s cooking. Drawing inspiration from her world-renowned restaurant in Mexico City, Dulce Patria, the new London menu will feature several of the famed dishes that have made her one of Latin America’s most exciting chefs.
Clare Smyth, a former protégé of Gordan Ramsay, is shortly opening her new restaurant – Core, in London’s Notting Hill at 92 Kensington Park Road. Set to be a modern fine dining restaurant with a strong British ethos, in an elegant, relaxed interior. Smyth, renowned for her fastidious attention to detail, will concentrate on a central tasting menu with 10 to 12 constantly evolving dishes. Guests will be able to order in full, or choose just 3 or 5 courses depending on preference. The Chef was recently quoted as saying: “With it being my first solo venture and very close to my heart, it wasn’t easy deciding what to call the restaurant, but Core seemed right; it’s a seed of something new, with strong ties to nature.”
As a team at Woods we think that is fantastic to see female chefs coming to the forefront and we’re not only excited to try the new restaurants, we’re proud to be supporting a great deal of the new female talent coming to the fore.