Our pick of London's celebrity chef-backed restaurants

Have wossisname off the telly poach your egg

Who doesn't love a bit of celebrity spotting? It's quite the hobby in London. You will even see the eyes of the most puritanical cynic flash as Katie Price totters past on route to a cuticle emergency. It's in all of us.

So what fun to be able to combine this, a little, with an evening's dining.

When you attend a celebrity chef's restaurant - as well as the chance of an adrenaline releasing glimpse of a well-known chef through the kitchen swing doors - there's always the distinct possibility that as you tuck into your meal Jamie Oliver could've, just moments earlier, man-handled your sprouts. Figuratively speaking.
... and what greater dining treat could there be, than that?





Fifteen London
15 Westland Place N1 7LP
Region: Islington
Nearest Station: Old Street (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: Despite his best intentions, the former Naked Chef’s attempts to transform school dinners weren’t as well received as he hoped, but the empire of this ubiquitous cheeky-chappy-turned-entrepreneur shows no sign of waning. Jamie Oliver now sells cookware and tableware, pasta sauces and herbs, cookery books and barbecues, not to mention taking over the high street with Union Jacks. Just as well his food is great, as evidenced at Fifteen.

  • MEDITERRANEAN
  • USERS 7/10
Gordon Ramsay
68 Royal Hospital Road SW3 4HP
Region: Chelsea
Nearest Station: Sloane Square (0.5 miles)

AIL Says: The most famous – or perhaps infamous – celebrity chef by far, his temper and private affairs are media fodder more often than his food is. He’s currently busy opening eateries in Las Vegas, but his first restaurant (and we think best) is this one.

  • FRENCH
  • 2/100
  • OUR REVIEW 10/10
  • USERS 9/10
Marcus
Wilton Place SW1X 7RL
Region: Knightsbridge
Nearest Station: Hyde Park Corner

AIL Says: Marcus has worked at Le Gavroche, L’Oranger and The Savoy Grill, but it was competing in The Great British Menu, where he prepared dessert for the Queen’s 80th birthday that brought him the most fame. Sample his modern European cuisine at award-winning Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley.

  • BRITISH
  • 10/100
  • OUR REVIEW 9/10
  • USERS 10/10
Corrigan's Mayfair
28 Upper Grosvenor Street W1K 7EH
Region: Mayfair
Nearest Station: Marble Arch (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: Richard Corrigan’s credentials include a Michelin star, winning the BBC’s Great British Menu competition, and presenting his own cookery show on Ireland’s RTE One. He also runs two exceptional restaurants: Bentley’s Oyster Bar and Grill and Corrigan’s Mayfair, where he serves up gourmet British cuisine.

  • BRITISH
  • OUR REVIEW 7/10
Hix
66-70 Brewer Street W1F 9UP
Region: Soho
Nearest Station: Piccadilly Circus (0.1 miles)

AIL Says: A regular contributor to TV and print, Mark Hix is known for his love of classic British food. He now has six London restaurants, among them this eatery on Brewer Street which boasts a fashionable bar in the basement. The menu celebrates British meat and sustainable fish.

  • BRITISH
  • OUR REVIEW 7/10
  • USERS 7/10
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
66 Knightsbridge SW1X 7LA
Region: Knightsbridge
Nearest Station: Knightsbridge

AIL Says: Before Heston, you could be forgiven that thinking molecular gastronomy had something to do with genetically modified produce, but as well as favouring experiments with liquid nitrogen, the wacky chef is particularly fond of digging deep into the history of food. At Dinner you’re more likely to find lamb soup cooked to a 1700s recipe than a pear foam.

  • BRITISH
  • 7/100
  • OUR REVIEW 7/10
  • USERS 8/10
Theo Randall at the InterContinental
1 Hamilton Place W1J 7QY
Region: Mayfair
Nearest Station: Hyde Park Corner (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: Theo Randall spent no less than seventeen years at The River Café, a stint that heavily influenced his classic, Italian cooking. He’s also known to pop up on TV from time to time, like on BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen Live and bravely facing Anne Robinson on a special edition of The Weakest Link.

  • ITALIAN
Benares
12 Berkeley Square W1J 6EG
Region: Mayfair
Nearest Station: Green Park (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: Atul Kochhar has appeared on BBC’s Saturday Kitchen as well as hosted his own programme, Atul’s Spice Kitchen: Malaysia. He was the first Indian chef to receive a Michelin star, back when he was head chef at Tamarind. His modern Indianrestaurant Benares has held on to its Michelin star for eight years running.

  • INDIAN
  • USERS 8/10
Le Gavroche
43 Upper Brook Street W1K 7QP
Region: Mayfair
Nearest Station: Marble Arch (0.2 miles)

AIL Says: Michel Roux Jr. has lent his expert opinion to MasterChef as well as having appeared in Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen. He also runs one of London’s most acclaimed restaurants, having taken over the reins from his father Albert.

  • FRENCH
  • 6/100
  • OUR REVIEW 9/10
  • USERS 9/10
Tom's Kitchen
27 Cale Street SW3 3QP
Region: Chelsea
Nearest Station: South Kensington (0.3 miles)

AIL Says: Tom Aikens may have competed on Channel 4’s Iron Chef, but he made his name with stints at La Tainte Claire and Pied A Terre (earning two Michelin stars along the way) before opening his eponymous restaurant in Chelsea. Since then he’s had some bad fortune, with his first restaurant going into administration and third venture Tom’s Place lasting a mere six months. Tom’s Kitchen is proof that he is capable of great things.

  • BRASSERIE


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