Stages: London

 
 

108 Garage
Golborne Road, London


Chef: Chris Denney
Cuisine: Modern European/Asian

In one of London’s coolest restaurants, Way of the Chef comes face-to-face with a pig’s head, learns how to make lamb heart agnolotti and joins Chris Denney, Mad Andy and the gang for a typically outrageous service in West London.

(Published Restaurant Magazine/Big Hospitality July 2019)

Alyn Williams at The Westbury
Mayfair, London

Chef: Alyn Williams
Cuisine: Modern European
One Michelin Star
Four AA Rosettes

After prepping trompette mushrooms and expensive sand carrots from France, our stagiaire was asked to observe dinner service until he was given a chance to shine with a blowtorch and canapes.

Baluchi
Tower Bridge, London

Chef: Santosh Shah
Cuisine: Modern Indian

Coming soon…


Bokan
Canary Wharf, London

Chef: Guillaume Gillan
Cuisine: Modern European
Two AA Rosettes

Way of the Chef joins the kitchen in the clouds at Bokan at Canary Wharf, with the executive chef Guillaume Gillan putting us through our paces while describing what it was like to become executive chef of the restaurant at the tender age of 27.

Club Gascon
Smithfield, London


Chef: Pascal Aussignac
Cuisine: Modern French
One Michelin Star
Three AA Rosettes

Pascal Aussignac, London’s most learned chef in all things duck, hosts our stagiaire at his Michelin-starred restaurant, Club Gascon, in Smithfield. Here he tackles foie gras for the very first time, dances with tulips and learns all about Pascal’s imaginative process…

(Published Restaurant Magazine/Big Hospitality August 2019)

Dinner by Heston
Knightsbridge, London


Chef: Ashley Palmer-Watts
Cuisine: British
Two Michelin Stars
World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards 2018: 45th
Four AA Rosettes

Running the sauce section at Heston Blumenthal’s world famous London restaurant, Dinner by Heston? Little did our stagiaire know that his stint at the 45th best restaurant in the world was actually a trial…

(Published Restaurant Magazine/Big Hospitality February 2019)


Duck and Waffle
Liverpool Street, London


Chef: Daniel Barbosa
Cuisine: Modern European
Two AA Rosettes

Perched on top of the Heron Tower in Liverpool Street, Duck and Waffle is the highest restaurant in the UK. A 24-hour show, with rolling chefs on a specific rota; this restaurant is as exciting as it is busy.

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Mayfair, London


Chef: Ollie Dabbous
Cuisine: Modern British
One Michelin Star
Two AA Rosettes

Ollie Dabbous runs a tight ship at his new Mayfair powerhouse with our stagiaire coming across amazing breakfast eggs, a whole host of flowers on garnish and the wrong door to arrive back through from break.

(Published Restaurant Magazine/Big Hospitality October 2018)

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Kahani
Belgravia, London

Chef: Peter Joseph
Cuisine: Modern Indian

Coming soon…


Kitchen Table
Fitzrovia, London


Chef: James Knappett
Cuisine: Modern British
Two Michelin Stars
Three AA Rosettes

Perhaps the most intimate kitchen in the UK? Twenty diners sit in a horseshoe-shaped bar top around the open kitchen at James Knappett’s London restaurant. And there is no room for error, for chef or stagiaire…

(Published Restaurant Magazine/Big Hospitality March 2018)

Le Gavroche
Mayfair, London

Chef: Michel Roux Jr.
Cuisine: French
Two Michelin Stars
Four AA Rosettes

On the larder at this famous London restaurant, our stagiaire was really put through his paces. With tickets flying out at the pass and temperatures rising, it was to be a real test of stamina and endurance.

Lorne
Victoria, London

Chef: Peter Hall
Cuisine: Modern European

Coming soon…

 

Lyle’s
Shorditch, London


Chef: James Lowe
Cuisine: Modern British
One Michelin Star
World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards 2018: 38th
Two AA Rosettes

Would our stagiaire rise to the task of being in charge of a starter during dinner service at James Lowe’s famous Shoreditch restaurant, or would the white asparagus with walnuts, anchovy and Spenwood be a step too far?

(Published Restaurant Magazine/Big Hospitality September 2018)

The Palomar
Soho, London


Chef: Jeremy Borrow
Cuisine: Modern Jerusalem
Two AA Rosettes

A fully open kitchen, middle-eastern cuisine, and a constantly packed dining area; The Palomar has its finger on the pulse of the capital. Sound scary? Try being the sous chef for the night and shouting tickets out in Hebrew! 

The Ritz Restaurant
St James’s, London

Chef: John Williams MBE
Cuisine: British, French
One Michelin Star
Three AA Rosettes

We take a stage at one of the best hotel fine dining restaurants in the UK and learn all about how the kitchen operates from the executive chef, John Williams MBE (meeting a lot of apprentices and other stagiares along the way).


Sketch
Mayfair, London

Chef: Pierre Gagnaire
Cuisine: Modern European
Two Michelin Stars
Five AA Rosettes

Our stagiaire spent five days at Pierre Gagnaire’s London outpost, Sketch. The kitchen was majority French and he had to learn some important lessons quickly if he was to not only earn their respect but to survive at what is the top level of fine dining.

St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel
Kings Cross, London


Chef: Adam Ashe
Cuisine: Modern European

Sporting multiple kitchens and a number of different menus for guests, St Pancras Renaissance has something for every chef.

Our man starts with breakfast. For a private function room.

Texture
Marylebone, London


Chef: Agnar Sverrisson
Cuisine: Modern European
One Michelin Star
Four AA Rosettes

Slicing a hand open within minutes of stepping foot into a Michelin-starred kitchen isn’t the best way to start a stage. But, with blue plasters and a host of Scandinavian-influenced things to be learnt; our stagiaire soon got into the swing of things at Aggi Sverrisson London powerhouse…

(Published Restaurant Magazine/Big Hospitality May 2019)



Tom’s Kitchen
Chelsea, London


Chef: Tom Aikens
Cuisine: Traditional British
Two AA Rosettes

After spending literally minutes in Tom’s Kitchen in Chelsea, our stagiaire was asked to make a caper and raisin vinaigrette from scratch. Enough for 44 portions, both lunch and dinner services.

A real test of a young stagiaire…