Great news for lovers of London’s Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, as it reopens this month to reveal a brand spanking new refurbishment. Along with the new Art Deco look, the luxurious restaurant will enjoy new direction in the form of new chef patron Clare Smyth – handpicked by Ramsay to help him oversee all the delicious proceedings.
Clare joined the team in 2002, after Chef Ramsay recognised her burgeoning talent and creativity. After working for three years with Gordon as a mentor, and with his blessing, Clare left to gain experience and train at other top kitchens around the world, including Alain Ducasse’s Louis XV restaurant. By 2007 she was back in the Ramsay realm, as head chef, and now, in recognition of all her hard work, she is to have a real hand in the running of the restaurant as well as a share in the business. Clare and Gordon will work together to modernise the fine dining experience here, and regular guests will have access to a new ‘liquor library’ and ‘chef experience’ table, which will allow them to interact with chefs and enjoy menus tailored exactly to their preferences.
The restaurant has received the accolade of three Michelin stars an impressive 12 times now, and its success looks set to continue with this extra executive expertise. The menu reflects the evolution of the restaurant, with original Ramsay dishes featuring alongside Clare’s own fine creations. She says: “I am hugely passionate about Restaurant Gordon Ramsay and delivering the best possible guest experience, everything we do has to be immaculate – food, wine, service. I am also hugely motivated in the continuation of our commitment to developing and nurturing the next generation of chefs and front of house”. Clare obviously has a lot of respect for her old mentor’s cooking – even describing his ravioli of lobster, langoustine and salmon as ‘the perfect dish’ – while he says: “I’m incredibly proud of Clare and what she has achieved. She is an amazingly talented chef and the time is right for her to build on this. Restaurant Gordon Ramsay will always be very special to me and Clare becoming chef patron is testament to my partnership with, and trust in her.”