Widely regarded as one of the UK’s most inventive and exciting chefs, Rogan currently holds two Michelin stars at his flagship restaurant L’Enclume in Cartmel, Cumbria, which was recently named ‘Best Restaurant in the UK’ by the Good Food Guide 2014, and ‘Restaurant of the Year’ at the 2013 Observer Food Monthly Awards.
Claridge’s General Manager Thomas Kochs says: “We are very excited about bringing Simon Rogan to Claridge’s. He is a home-grown British talent and we believe his inspiring culinary concept for the hotel will lead the way for a new dining direction, building on the bold approach for which Claridge’s has always been known.”
Rogan’s modern British cooking style and creative techniques are inspired by his love of indigenous produce, which he sources from his own farm in Cumbria. His trailblazing use of fresh ingredients will be a defining factor for the new restaurant at Claridge’s.
Commenting on the news, Simon Rogan says: “I have long been looking for a permanent London home and in Claridge’s I feel we have found a true partnership of creativity and world- class excellence. My team and I are looking forward to the challenge of marrying my culinary style with the phenomenal heritage of Claridge’s – this is a massive honour and we are focused and determined to create a truly outstanding restaurant.”
ABOUT SIMON ROGAN
Born in Southampton in 1967, Simon Rogan’s culinary career has seen him working with notable chefs from Marco Pierre White and Jean-Christophe Novelli in England to Alain Senderens at Lucas Carton in Paris. In 2002, he moved to Cartmel, Cumbria, to open L’Enclume, the restaurant with rooms that has since garnered two Michelin stars and a host of other accolades. He has since expanded his restaurant portfolio with two additional sites in Cartmel – Rogan & Co, and The Pig & Whistle – as well as extensive farm acreage, two restaurants in Manchester at The Midland Hotel (The French, and Mr Cooper’s House & Garden, both launched in 2013), and Roganic, a successful two-year ‘pop-up’ in Marylebone, London, from 2011-13.